Michele Gilbert is a Senior Policy Analyst for BPC’s Health team with experience in evidence-based policymaking and a strong interest in behavioral health policies in rural areas. Prior to joining BPC, she served as a health policy fellow in the House of Representatives with Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10). There, she provided subject matter expertise to support his role on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee within the House Appropriations Committee. From 2016 to 2020, Gilbert consulted for federal agencies while working at Booz Allen Hamilton. She managed several national public health projects on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD), including a pilot program focused on expanding access to care and a suicide prevention initiative; and also supported implementation of healthcare.gov during the previous presidential transition on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). For nearly a decade, Gilbert has analyzed health data, with peer-reviewed research that has been cited over 20 times. Her 2016 report with strategies for improving health equity in a major metropolitan area received funding from a renowned philanthropic organization, and led to structural changes.
Gilbert completed a Master of Public Health at Columbia University in 2016, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and German Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.