Team - National Advisory Committee

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) is a group of highly-regarded experts and leaders who offer vision and guidance to the Policies for Action program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to achieve our mission to fund research identifying policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health. The NAC is chaired by Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach.

Who We Are

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach


Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and the Director of The Hamilton Project, a non-partisan economic think tank at the Brookings Institution. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, and a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Schanzenbach studies issues related to child poverty, including education policy, child health, and food consumption. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion, and received a doctorate in economics in 2002 from Princeton University.

Much of her research investigates the longer-run impacts of early life experiences, such as the impacts of receiving SNAP benefits during childhood, the impacts of kindergarten classroom quality, and the impacts of early childhood education. She recently served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments.

Anthony T. Lo Sasso, Ph.D.

Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois. He also serves as the Executive Director of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon).

Dr. Lo Sasso is an economist whose research spans several dimensions of health and labor economics. Dr. Lo Sasso is keenly interested in how government policies affect private sector decisions. Dr. Lo Sasso has studied the impact of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program on insurance coverage among children and the extent to which public coverage “crowded out” private coverage. In addition, he has examined how community rating provisions affected individual health insurance coverage. Dr. Lo Sasso also studies the effects of health savings accounts and other aspects of health insurance benefit design on service use, spending, and health outcomes.

Dr. Lo Sasso received his doctorate in economics in 1996 from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Arnold Epstein, MD, MA

Arnold Epstein, MD, MA, is the John H. Foster Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston. His research interests focus on quality of care and access to care for disadvantaged populations. During 2014 until 2016 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and head of the Office of Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. During 1993-94 he served in the Clinton Administration working for the white house on health reform. He was Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Developing a National Report on Health Care Quality. He is former Chairman of the Board of AcademyHealth, and a recipient of the  Distinguished Investigator award from that organization. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) and formerly Associate Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He received a BA from the University of Rochester, a masters degree in political science from Harvard, a BMS from Dartmouth Medical School and an MD from Duke University.

David J. Erickson

David J. Erickson, MBA, is director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and edits the Federal Reserve journal Community Development Investment Review. His research areas in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. 

David has been a leader in the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in bringing the health sector together with community development.  To date, this collaboration has resulted in 24 conferences around the country and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairs in November, 2011.  His book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution:  Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press.  He also co-edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities:  Essays on People, Place, and Purpose (2012); What Counts:  Harnessing Data for America’s Communities (2014); and What It’s Worth:  Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation (2015). 

Jack Ebeler

Jack Ebeler, MPA, currently serves on the Health and Medicine (formerly IOM) Division Committee of the National Academies, and on its Health Care Services Board; the Board of Trustees of Inova Health System, co-chair of the Public Policy Advisory Council of the March of Dimes, and the Policies for Action National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  He previously served as:

  • Principal at Health Policy Alternatives, Inc.
  • Staff of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce working on the Affordable Care Act in 2009-2010
  • Member and then vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
  • CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans
  • Senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group at RWJF
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/Health and then Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS in 1995, 1996; 
  • In a series of earlier positions in managed care, HHS, and on Capitol Hill

Jack previously served on the boards of Families USA, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the National Center for Health Care Leadership, and the RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program, and a number of advisory committees and study panels.

He has an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. 

Dr. Jewel Mullen

Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, is the Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she fostered collaboration among offices within the Office of Assistant Secretary for Health with the goal of advancing public health. She was the lead liaison for the HHS Regions and advises the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health on a variety of priority public health issues, ranging from research integrity to women’s health to health promotion and disease prevention.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the former chair of the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Federal Advisory Committee and served on both the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director and the Public Health Accreditation Board. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Quality Measures for the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators.

Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Mullen received her Bachelor and Master of Public Health degrees from Yale University, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial epidemiology. She graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she was elected to AOA, the National Medical Honor Society. She did her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen also holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mark Duggan

Mark Duggan, PhD, is The Trione Director of SIEPR and The Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Before arriving to Stanford in the summer of 2014, Duggan was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Professor Duggan's research focuses on the health care sector and also on the effects of government expenditure programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the behavior of individuals and firms. Some of his more recent research is exploring the effect of federal disability programs on the labor market and of the Affordable Care Act on the labor market and health care costs. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been featured in many media outlets including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Duggan was the 2010 recipient of the ASHEcon Medal, which is awarded every two years to the economist aged 40 and under in the U.S. who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics. Along with his co-author Fiona Scott Morton, he received the National Institute for Health Care Management's 2011 Health Care Research Award. He was a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 2004-6 and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2006-7. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Social Security Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Duggan served from 2009-10 as the Senior Economist for Health Care Policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and has testified about his research before the House Ways and Means and Senate Budget Committees.