Tara Oakman

Program Officer

Tara Oakman, PhD, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013 as a program officer. She is working to improve the value of our investments in health and health care and also to address the factors that lead to interpersonal and community violence. In this role, she employs her health care policy expertise in what she describes as “the unique opportunity RWJF provides to focus on advancing our nation’s health.”

Previously, Oakman served as director of the Quality Team in the Exchange Policy and Operations Group at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she oversaw implementation of the sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that set the quality-related requirements for the new Health Insurance Marketplaces and participating issuers. She also helped to write some of the first market reform regulations under the ACA. Earlier, she was an international health officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Global Health Affairs implementing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. She also served as a program analyst in the HHS Budget Office with responsibility for evaluating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget.

Oakman received a BA in Political Science from Brown University, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in Health Care Policy from Harvard University. She has written and lectured on the uninsured, Medicare, health care reform, and a host of other issues.

A Princeton, N.J. native, she is happy to be living there once again—this time with her husband, Jeffrey, and their young twins. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, and a good magazine or two.

Tara Oakman