Faculty by courtesy

Gail Wilensky

Towsley Policymakre in Residence

Gail Wilensky is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School in fall 2019, teaching "Health Economics and U.S. Health Policy." An economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, she directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and served in the White House as a senior health and welfare adviser to President George H.W. Bush. She also served as president of the Defense Health Board, commissioner on the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and co-chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has served two terms on its governing council. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association, and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations. Wilensky testifies before Congressional committees, serves as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally before professional, business and consumer groups. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a PhD in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.