Heather Drake is a former program associate for The Commonwealth Fund's Payment and System Reform Program based at AcademyHealth in Washington, D.C. Ms. Drake joined the Fund in July 2008 from Peter Hart Research Associates, a public opinion polling organization, where she worked as an analyst assistant. She coordinated focus groups, compiled results, and drafted reports, tables and charts. Ms. Drake worked for Hezel Associates from May 2006 to May 2007 as a research assistant working with clients from the education field. Ms. Drake is a graduate of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and holds a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude. She is currently a Master of Public Health candidate concentrating in health promotion at George Washington University.