Merrill Series 2017

Obamacare, Trumpcare, Single Payer ... What's Next?

Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 pm at the Schoool

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David Kravitz '82

David Kravitz graduated magna cum laude in 1993 from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Executive Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 1994-95, and for then-U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Breyer in 1993-94. After his clerkships, he worked as a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray, as Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and as Counsel to Murphy & King. In 2004 he co-founded, a widely-read political blog covering Massachusetts and national law, politics, and policy. In 2017, he became the Assistant State Solicitor for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.


Lise Fried '73

Lise E. Fried, DSc, MS, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health (ICH), a nonprofit research, evaluation, and consulting organization working to help communities develop their capacity to create sustainable solutions to complex public health challenges. Dr. Fried is an executive with demonstrated success leading organizations, guiding them through all phases of development with skill and inspiration. She builds strong strategic partnerships and creates innovative change for organizations at all stages of development. She has a wide-ranging background in public health, including work in the academic and public sectors and epidemiologic research. She has been at ICH since 2002 as Senior Epidemiologist, Associate Director, and Managing Director. Previously, she was the Director of Research and Technology for the Boston Public Health Commission where she oversaw research activities, public health surveillance and reporting, information technology, and information systems.

Dr. Fried received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her Master of Science degree in Public Health from Tufts University, and her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from Boston University. Her dissertation topic was “Exposure to Violence and Pregnancy Outcomes.” One of her dissertation projects received the Dean of the School of Public Health’s Award. She has published on a variety of topics including exposure to violence, substance use, pregnancy outcomes, childhood injury prevention, fear of falling in the elderly, referral completion, and adolescent suicide. Her research interests include the health effects of exposure to violence, risk factors for suicide, improving surveillance of injuries and illnesses, improving the use of data for public and community health decision-making, the role of women in nonprofit leadership, and appropriate funding for nonprofit success.

Mariana Glusman '84

Mariana Glusman, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending pediatrician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is the president elect of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member organization that advocates on behalf of children, families, and health professionals in Illinois, delivers continuing medical education for pediatricians and other providers, and collaborates with other state organizations on projects that improve the health and well-being of children.

Dr. Glusman’s areas of expertise include language and literacy promotion in pediatrics, early brain development, health literacy, bilingual language development, and working in multicultural settings. She is nationally recognized for her work with Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national program that partners with pediatricians to promote early literacy development, including heading the Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together) initiative for Latino families. She is the Medical Director for the Illinois ROR Coalition, representing and supporting 130 sites throughout the state. She is also the author of “I Love You Like Sunshine: How Everyday Play and Bedtime Stories Grow Love, Connections and Brainpower,” a combination baby book and caregiver guide for parents of newborns (available on Amazon and at

She has three children and lives in Chicago with her husband Doug Fraser ’83.

Alexandra Schweitzer '70

Alexandra Schweitzer is a senior executive who specializes in transforming health care delivery systems. For example, as Executive Director of Senior Care Options at Tufts Health Plan, she built and led a product which integrates medical, behavioral, and social care for very low-income, frail seniors who are on Medicare and Medicaid. Her career started in state government and has spanned large and small health plans, for-profit care management companies, and provider groups ranging from Partners Health Care to a family health center. She particularly enjoyed her recent experience at a venture-backed primary care start-up working with millennials, physicians, and software engineers.

Alexandra has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in English from Brandeis University, and she completed the Executive MBA program at Columbia University.

Alexandra is also an active not-for-profit board member, currently as Board President of Goddard House in Brookline. In addition, as a LeadingAge board member, she chairs a workgroup exploring innovative ways to use affordable senior housing as a platform to improve health.

She lives in Lexington with her husband and enjoys Pilates and (walking) half-marathons.