Policy and Finance Innovation

Oct. 23 – 24

Hemi Tewarson, JD, MPH

Executive Director
National Academy for State Health Policy

Tewarson is executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization committed to improving the health and well-being of all people across every state. At NASHP, Tewarson leads an organization that is at the forefront of engaging state leaders and bringing together partners to develop and advance state health policy innovations. Under her direction, NASHP is leading efforts with states in areas including state COVID-19 recovery, health care costs and value, coverage, child and family health, aging, family caregiving, health care workforce, behavioral health, social determinants of health, health equity, and public health modernization.

Previously, Hemi worked at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy as a senior fellow and served as the director of the Health Division at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices. She also served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, addressing Medicaid and related health care topics for members of Congress.  

Tewarson holds a juris doctorate and master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.