Gail Wilensky is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE. Her efforts over the past three decades have focused on driving healthcare reform and improving healthcare for current and former members of the military. She served as the White House senior health and welfare adviser to President George H. W. Bush, and directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs during his administration. She co-chaired the President’s Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation’s Veterans, the Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care and served as a commissioner on the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan.