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Cybele Bjorklund: Biographies

Cybele Bjorklund

Vice President, Federal Strategy
Cybele Bjorklund

Cybele Bjorklund is vice president for federal strategy for The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this position, Bjorklund uses her expertise and experience to ensure strategic and effective engagement with the federal government, think tanks and other federal policymakers across all areas of institutional interest. Her team is also responsible for federal lobbying and education activities, including integrating research findings into public policy, anticipating and responding to federal policy changes, addressing the most significant regulatory issues and identifying emerging opportunities to advance Johns Hopkins’ interests and impact.

Prior to this role, she served in senior policy leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was vice president and head of global policy at Sanofi, and she held appointments at Georgetown University — as a distinguished visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a senior fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy. 

From 1995–2015, Bjorklund spent 14 years as the Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Health and senior health adviser for the House Committee on Ways and Means, four years as Sen. Kennedy’s deputy staff director on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and two years as a legislative adviser to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During her federal service, Bjorklund worked to improve Medicare, led in the creation of the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s health care law — and developed many other laws affecting private health insurance, health information technology, research and other areas. Before moving to Congress, she was an analyst at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Bjorklund is a fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is on the board of directors for the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Cybele received a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an emphasis on health policy and a concentration in law, ethics and policy. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with an English minor from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

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