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Gail R. Wilensky

NORC Board of Trustees
Gail follows changes in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the positions taken on health care legislation by presidential candidates and elected officials.

Gail is a senior fellow and director at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President George H.W. Bush. Her expertise is in strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research, and military health care. 

Gail currently is a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and chair of the Council of Directors for the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. Gail is a current or former director of numerous non-profit organizations and also serves as a director on several corporate boards. 

Gail testifies frequently before Congressional committees, serves as an advisor to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally.



University of Michigan


University of Michigan

Appointments & Affiliations

Senior Fellow

Project Hope

Board of Directors

Project Hope; National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Geisinger Health System Foundation

Elected Member

National Academy of Medicine

Honors & Awards

Adam Yarmolinsky Medal | 2019

National Academy of Medicine