Audrey Smolkin brings extensive experience in policy analysis to her role as Director of Strategic Planning and Senior Administrator for the Center for Health Policy and Research, part of UMass Medical School. In this role, Ms. Smolkin is responsible for identifying, developing, and overseeing management of new research and evidence-based policy initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Smolkin was Senior Program Manager in the Managing Director’s Office at the Center for Health Policy and Research, where she analyzed policy on a wide variety of health topics and tracks relevant to state health policy issues, and also developed, implemented, and evaluated policy programs. Previously, she was the Director of Research and Policy Analysis of a division focusing on foster care and adoption. In this role, she was the lead evaluator of a major grant that the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded to the Office, and she oversaw the statewide Adoption Attitudes Survey.
Prior to joining UMass Medical School, Ms. Smolkin served as a White House Presidential Fellow in various capacities, including work as a senior legislative analyst at the Administration for Children and Families. In that capacity, she worked to estimate the federal costs of various welfare and child welfare legislation. She also served as the lead budget and policy analyst on a major child care expansion that took place under the leadership of the Clinton Administration.
She is also an Instructor with the Department of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School.
Ms. Smolkin received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.