James M. Verdier, J.D., is a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., where his work focuses on Medicaid, state health policy, and Medicare. He is also a senior program consultant for the Center for Health Care Strategies, a foundation-funded organization that helps states develop, purchase, and improve managed health care programs. He is a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he co-teaches courses on state health policy. He was the Indiana State Medicaid director from 1991–97, and deputy director of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget from 1989–90. He taught public management and policy analysis at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1983–89, and headed the Congressional Budget Office's Tax Analysis Division from 1979–83. He served as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1968–75. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.