Cathy Schoen, M.S.
Senior Vice President for Policy, Research and Evaluation
The Commonwealth Fund
Cathy Schoen, M.S., is senior vice president for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund. Ms. Schoen is a member of the Fund's executive management team and the former research director of the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System. Her work includes strategic oversight and management of surveys, research and policy initiatives to track health system performance. From 1998 through 2005, she directed the Fund's Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to joining the Fund in 1995, Ms. Schoen taught health economics at the University of Massachusetts' School of Public Health and directed special projects at the UMASS Labor Relations and Research Center. During the 1980s, she directed the Service Employees International Union's research and policy department. In the late 1970s, she was on the staff of President Carter's national health insurance task force, where she oversaw analysis and policy development. Prior to federal service, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She has authored numerous publications on health policy issues, insurance, and national/international health system performance and coauthored the book, Health and the War on Poverty
. She holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Smith College and a graduate degree in economics from Boston College.