Katherine Hayes is the director of health policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Prior to joining BPC, Hayes worked as an associate research professor in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and served as co-director of Health Reform GPS: Navigating Health Reform Implementation, a website jointly sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and GW’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program. She also taught graduate courses in federal advocacy and policymaking and the federal budget process.
Prior to joining GW, Hayes served as vice president of health policy for Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. Other private-sector experience includes legal practice as a member of the health and legislative practice groups at Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells), policy director for two large Catholic health systems, and policy director for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Her government experience includes serving as legislative counsel to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), legislative assistant to Senator John H. Chafee (R-RI) and Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX), and as a program consultant for the State of Missouri Medicaid agency. She also worked as a health and education policy advisor for the State of Texas, Office of State-Federal Relations. Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from The American University Washington College of Law.