NEW YORK, NY—The Markle Foundation announced today that Laura Bailyn has been named Senior Director of Health Initiatives. Bailyn, an attorney, will be working closely with Markle’s Managing Director of Health, Carol C. Diamond, MD, MPH, to help shape and drive the foundation’s work in health.
“We are happy to welcome Laura back to Markle,” said Zoë Baird, the foundation’s President. “Her work as Program Manager on our Internet Governance Project in the early-2000s helped set the groundwork for our future involvement in technology-related health and national security policy. We look forward to her contributions to our ongoing efforts to accelerate the use of information technology to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care.”
Bailyn has an extensive background in technology and a broad range of policy issues. Most recently, she worked as a business consultant for Apple, Inc., focusing on rights management, partnership development, and content clearances for Apple’s Marketing Communications Group. She also spent two years working for Two Trees Management Company where, among other things, she successfully obtained a rezoning for a $200 million mixed-use real estate development in an important neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that engagement, Bailyn practiced law in the intellectual property and technology group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, LLP for five years.
“Laura’s breadth and depth of experience in strategically planning and executing complex initiatives will strengthen the ongoing impact of Markle’s work in health IT over the past decade to empower individuals to use their health information to improve their health and health care,” said Diamond. “Her expertise will enhance Markle’s capacity to continue to find needed policy and technology solutions to see that health IT can be implemented in ways that will improve health, and stimulate innovation while protecting privacy and maintaining consumer trust.”
Bailyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. She was a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs from 1993 to 1994.