Drew Altman, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kaiser Family Foundation
Drew Altman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J.
Kaiser Family Foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit,
private operating foundation. It develops and runs its own research,
communications and journalism programs, often in partnership with
outside organizations. The Foundation is not associated with Kaiser
Permanente or Kaiser Industries. One of the nation’s largest private
foundations devoted to health, the Foundation is a trusted independent
voice and source of research and information on health care in the
United States, with a growing role in global health. The Foundation is
based in Menlo Park, California, and also operates major facilities in
Washington, D.C., including its Barbara Jordan Conference Center and
broadcast studio. In late 1990, Dr. Altman came to the Foundation and
directed a complete overhaul of its mission and operating style, leading
to the Foundation’s standing today as a leader in health policy,
communications and journalism. Dr. Altman is a former Commissioner of
the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey under
Governor Tom Kean (1986-1989). Prior to joining the Foundation in 1990,
Dr. Altman was Director of the Health and Human Services program at the
Pew Charitable Trusts, Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation from 1981 to 1986, and served in a senior position in the
Health Care Financing Administration in the Carter administration.
Dr. Altman received his BA from Brandeis University and Masters in
political science from Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. in
political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did
his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health, and
taught at MIT before moving on to public service. Dr. Altman is a member
of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Medicine, and
serves on the Governing Council of the Institute. He is an innovator in
the world of foundations and a leading expert on national health policy
who publishes and speaks widely on health issues.