Lanhee J. Chen, J.D., Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; and an affiliated faculty member at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Chen is also a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group, a business advisory firm, and Chair of the Board of Directors at El Camino Health in Silicon Valley, CA.
One of America’s leading health policy and regulatory experts, Chen frequently consults with both national and state officials on issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance markets. His public policy and regulatory experience includes time in government, political organizations, the private sector, and academia. Chen has advised four presidential campaigns, including as policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign in 2012, where he served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser; a senior strategist on the campaign; and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney's 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.
In the George W. Bush Administration, Chen was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.
Chen’s writings have appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg View. He has been a CNN Political Commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on nearly every other major television network.
Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.