Margaret Anderson presents Enabling Patient Advocate Groups.
Margaret Anderson is executive director of FasterCures, a nonprofit think tank, catalyst for action and center of the Milken Institute that works across sectors to improve the medical research enterprise. Anderson defines FasterCuresâ€™ strategic priorities, develops its programmatic portfolio, and manages its operations. Before her appointment, she was FasterCures' chief operating officer for five years. Previously Anderson was deputy director at the Center on AIDS and Community Health at the Academy for Educational Development where she managed programs funded by the Ford Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; program director at the Society for Women's Health Research where she focused on gender differences in research; a Health Sciences Analyst at the American Public Health Association where she focused on infectious diseases; and project director and analyst in the Biological Applications Program at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. She serves as incoming president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, is a board member of the Council for American Medical Innovation and the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, co-chairs the e-health Initiativeâ€™s Council on Data and Research, and is involved in numerous health and science policy coalitions and committees. She received a master's degree in science, technology and public policy from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.