About Cybele Bjorklund

Cybele Bjorklund served as vice president for federal strategy for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine from March 2019 to June 2021. In this position, Bjorklund deployed her expertise and experience to ensure strategic and effective engagement with the federal government, think tanks, and other federal policymakers across all areas of institutional interest. Her team was also responsible for federal lobbying and education activities, including integrating research findings into public policy, anticipating and responding to federal policy changes, addressing the most significant regulatory issues, and identifying emerging opportunities to advance the interests and impact of Johns Hopkins.

Prior to this role, she served in senior policy leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was vice president and head of global policy at Sanofi and held appointments at Georgetown University as a distinguished visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a senior fellow at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Between 1995 to 2015, Bjorklund spent 14 years as the Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Health and senior health advisor for the Committee on Ways & Means, four years as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s deputy staff director on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and two years as a legislative advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During her federal service, Bjorklund worked to improve Medicare, led in the creation of the Affordable Care Act, and developed many other laws affecting private health insurance, health IT, research, and other programs. Before moving to Congress, she was an analyst at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Bjorklund is a fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is on the board of directors for the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Bjorklund received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an emphasis on health policy and a concentration in law, ethics, and policy, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an English minor from the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon.