Emily J. Spitzer
Emily Spitzer is the executive director of the National Health Law Program. Based in NHeLP's Washington, D.C. headquarters since taking the helm in 2008, Emily focuses on growing the organization and building on NHeLP’s more than 40-year record of protecting and advancing the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Under her leadership, NHeLP’s staff and budget have more than doubled. Emily is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and other publications on issues of health care and reproductive rights.
Emily came to NHeLP with a wealth of experience in law, health care, and fundraising. From 2002 to 2005, she served as the executive director of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to funding legal services for indigent people in the District of Columbia. In addition to directing grantmaking and all activities of the foundation, Emily brought together the D.C. Bar, the legal services community, private law firms, and the courts to help create the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, which has successfully advocated for millions of dollars in annual appropriations for civil legal services for low-income District residents.
Emily is also a longstanding member of the board of chancellors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization with which she has been involved since 1989. While serving as the chair of research for JDRF, Emily conceived, implemented and supervised the innovative restructuring of their research funding process to make it more patient-focused.
Previously, Emily worked as a staff attorney and acting legal director at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and served as an associate at the firm Spengler Carlson Gubar Brodsky and Frischling in New York. Prior to practicing law, Emily was a legislative assistant to Senator Edward J. Markey during his first term in Congress. Emily received her A.B. from Harvard University, cum laude, in history and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Emily is an empty-nester and lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Eric Lewis. She is a fair-weather bicyclist and raises Monarch butterflies in her kitchen during the summer.
Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilySpitzer and in the Huffington Post.