Andrew D. Hyman, JD, is a senior program officer who focuses on the Foundation’s efforts to expand coverage and secure meaningful access to health care for all Americans. He recognizes that “the promise of equal opportunity in this country is empty while we permit millions to be uninsured.” Having joined the Foundation in 2006, he works with policy experts, researchers and advocates to help state and national policy-makers enact and implement policies designed to expand coverage.
In addition, Hyman works with the Foundation’s staff developing a strategy and designing programs to address violence and its impact children and families, with a particular focus on mental health.
Hyman came to the Foundation after serving as director of Government Relations and Legislative Counsel for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, which represents the public mental health systems in every state. In that role, he sought to advance policies that secure positive health outcomes and full community participation for individuals with mental disorders.
Prior to his work in the mental health field, from 1998–2001 Hyman was the deputy director and then director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving as Secretary Donna Shalala’s liaison to state, local, and tribal governments. His work at HHS also included efforts to combat tobacco use, implement the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and advise the Secretary on Medicaid. He began his service at HHS as the special assistant to the general counsel in 1993.
A New Jersey native, Hyman received a JD from the Fordham University School of Law, and a BA from Columbia College. He and his two children, Lily and Nathaniel, live in Princeton, N.J.