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Longtime Federal Policy Expert Joins JHU

Feb. 13, 2019
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Cybele Bjorklund, a longtime federal health policy leader, has been appointed vice president for federal strategy, a new position for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. She joins the university March 1 and will be based in Washington, D.C

Cybele Bjorklund

With more than 20 years of frontline experience on Capitol Hill in senior roles in both the House and Senate, much of that time spent shaping some of the most complex and politically challenging health policy issues of our time, Bjorklund’s adept hand at federal policymaking will help Johns Hopkins to bolster its already strong presence in Washington.

“Cybele will work with me and leaders across Johns Hopkins to anticipate and navigate the challenges of our ever-changing federal policy landscape,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of the university. “An accomplished and highly regarded leader on Capitol Hill, Cybele has the deep experience and broad perspective Johns Hopkins needs on the ground in Washington.”

Johns Hopkins, already the leading university in federal research and development and an influential voice on science and health policy, created the vice president for federal strategy position to elevate and expand the focus, reach and impact of Johns Hopkins in Washington. Reporting to both President Daniels as well as Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bjorklund will serve as Johns Hopkins’ strategic expert for federal legislation, policy and politics.

“Cybele Bjorklund is exactly the right person to fill this new position,” said Rothman. “She brings a wealth of insight and knowledge, and she will certainly help Johns Hopkins navigate the complex issues and questions we face every day in Washington and beyond. I am very excited for her to join our already talented government affairs team.”

The new role comes as the university extends its connection to D.C., with plans to consolidate and expand its Washington-based academic programs into a high-profile location on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Johns Hopkins brings enormous intellectual capital to a wide range of critical policy topics,” said Bjorklund. “Working with President Daniels, Dean Rothman, the federal team and university experts, I look forward to helping advance the university’s priorities while increasing our engagement with policymakers and others to tackle the tough issues of today and the future.”

Currently a strategic consultant, Bjorklund is also a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Visitor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Before becoming a consultant, Bjorklund served as vice president and head of global policy for Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceutical company, and on the health advisory board for APCO Worldwide.

In Washington, she served for nearly 15 years as the staff director for the Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Health, shaping Medicare policy and the Affordable Care Act, among other legislation, and for four years as Sen. Edward Kennedy’s deputy staff director for health policy on the HELP Committee, guiding the development and enactment of the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other legislative priorities. Prior to that she worked for two years as a legislative aide on health and veteran’s issues for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle.

Bjorklund is a proud alumna of Johns Hopkins, having earned a Master’s in Health Science.


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