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Rima Cohen is the Executive Director of Aspen\'s Health Innovators Fellowship. Formerly, she was a counselor for health policy to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services where she helped to develop and lead Obama Administration health care initiatives; and she oversaw New York City\'s health care programs and agencies as Mayor Michael Bloomberg\'s Director of Health. She also spent a decade as former-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle\'s senior health policy advisor. After leaving Capitol Hill, she founded Insurance Options for the Uninsured (IOU), which implemented strategies for expanding health coverage in New York. In that position, she developed the original blueprint for the state\'s Family Health Plus program, which covers up to 500,000 low-income adults, and she created the first web-based tool linking New Yorkers with free and low-cost health and social services. Rima has a master\'s degree in public affairs and economics from Princeton and a bachelor\'s in economics from the University of Michigan; she also did undergraduate work at the London School of Economics. After graduate school, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study program evaluation methods employed by U.S. NGOs in Indonesia. Rima lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.