Robert Greenwald, Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; Clinical Professor of Law
Ona Balkus, Clinical Fellow in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Sarah Downer, Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health and Food Law and Policy Clinics
Kat Eutsler, Senior Grant Writer and Administrator
Katie Garfield, Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Ebony Griffin, Faculty Assistant
Najeema Holas-Huggins, Communications and Marketing Consultant
Laura Johnston, Administrative Director
Bettina Neuefeind, Research Fellow, Harvard Law School; Affiliate, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Amy Rosenberg, Senior Clinical Instructor; Associate Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Carmel Shachar, Staff Attorney in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation; Clinical Professor of Law
Robert is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI). In addition to teaching seminars in health, public health and food law and policy, for over 20 years Robert has been engaged in state and national research, policy development and advocacy to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Robert and the CHLPI team work with consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, government officials, and others to expand access to high-quality healthcare, reduce health disparities, and promote more equitable and effective healthcare systems.
Robert is currently serving as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; co-chair of the Federal Chronic Illness & Disability Partnership; co-chair of the HIV Health Care Access Working Group; and, as a board member of the Bessie Tart Wilson Initiative for Children and Technical Assistance Collaborative for Housing. Robert has served as an advisor to the President’s National Commission on AIDS and to the Health Resources Services Administration & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Advisory Board. Robert received his B.A. from Vassar College in 1980 and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1986.
Clinical Fellow in the Food Law and Policy Clinic
Ona Balkus is a Clinical Fellow in the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, where she provides legal and policy guidance to community advocacy groups and non-profits who are working to improve their communities’ food systems. Her clients have included advocacy coalitions in Mississippi, Navajo Nation, and La Paz, Bolivia, among others. Ona co-leads the Clinic’s Food Waste Initiative, which advocates for policy change to decrease unnecessary food waste and promote a wide range of food recovery models. She is also the attorney supervisor for the Harvard Mississippi Delta Project, a student practice organization working to improve policies that affect the health, social, and economic outcomes of this region.
Before law school, she served as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer in Washington, D.C., where she led cooking-based nutrition classes for low-income communities. She then worked as a grassroots organizer and nutrition policy coordinator at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Ona received her joint J.D./MPH from Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health in 2013.
Emily Broad Leib
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Emily is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as well as Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. She co-founded and directs the Center’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the first law school clinic in the nation devoted to studying and providing legal and policy solutions for the health, economic, and environmental challenges facing our food system. Emily is recognized as a national leader in Food Law and Policy. She teaches courses on the topic and focuses her scholarship and practice on finding solutions to today’s biggest food system issues, aiming to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related disease, eliminate food waste, and reduce barriers to market entry for small-scale and sustainable food producers. She has published scholarly articles in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and the Journal of Food Law & Policy, among others. Emily’s groundbreaking work on food waste has been covered in such media outlets as CNN, The Today Show, MSNBC, TIME Magazine, Politico, and the Washington Post.
Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Emily spent two years in Clarksdale, Mississippi as the Joint Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Delta Fellow, serving as Director of the Delta Directions Consortium, a group of university and foundation leaders who collaborate to improve public health and foster economic development in the Delta. In that role, she worked with community members and outside partners to design and implement programmatic and policy interventions on a range of health and economic issues in the region, with a focus on the food system. Emily received her B.A. in American History from Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. She is a licensed member of the bar of the State of New York.
Clinical Instructor on Law in the Health and Food Law and Policy Clinics
Sarah Downer joined the Legal Services Center in 2010 as a Redstone Fellow, working in the Family and Children’s Law Practice Unit. In 2013, Ms. Downer began to practice in the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, with projects focusing on health and food law. Ms. Downer received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School in 2010, where she earned three semesters of clinical credit working in the Family Law Unit at the Center. She also served as a Resident Tutor at Harvard College in the areas of BGLT Support, Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment, and Pre-Law Advising. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Downer worked in publishing and as part of a landscaping crew that restored parkland in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with a BA in English Literature.
Senior Grant Writer and Administrator
Kat joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School in May 2014 as the Development Consultant and is now the Senior Grant Writer and Administrator. Kat graduated in May 2014 with a Masters of Science degree from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, focusing on Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and specializing in Economics and Politics of Food and Agriculture. During graduate school, Kat interned at CHLPI working on food law and policy issues. She was a contributing author for two of CHLPI’s pinnacle food policy toolkits.
Before graduate school, Kat was Director of Sales for her family business in Philadelphia, PA, a food brokerage company, where she managed 1 of the 5 wholesale manufacturers that the company represents and fostered new connections, resulting in significant growth of the business. She is experienced in successfully managing hundreds of buyer accounts, along with cultivating new relationships.
In both Philadelphia and Boston, Kat actively volunteered at several community-based nonprofit organizations that focus on issues surrounding nutrition, food, farming, justice, and health. It was through her years of volunteer work that she became interested in development work and funding strategies for nonprofit organizations. Using her background in sales and her passion and expertise in food and health policy issues, Kat collaborates with the Center’s directors, clinical instructors, and fellows to secure financial support for the Center and to foster positive, long-term relationships with foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government agencies.
Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Katie joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation as a Clinical Fellow in September 2014. Katie earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2011, where she served on the Board of Student Advisers. Katie is a licensed member of the Massachusetts bar.
Prior to joining the Center, Katie was an associate in the litigation department of Ropes & Gray LLP. While at Ropes & Gray, Katie worked on a variety of matters, including advising clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries on issues related to promotional practices, regulatory compliance, and anti-corruption laws. She also co-authored an article with her colleagues at Ropes & Gray regarding developments in the classification of Qualified Health Plans in Law360. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Katie spent a year working in the Housing Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services as part of the Ropes & Gray New Alternatives Program. At GBLS, she represented low-income families with dependent children who were seeking to gain or retain access to Emergency Assistance shelter benefits. Katie received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University, summa cum laude, in 2007 and an MPhil in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2008.
Ebony Griffin joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and the Legal Services Center in January 2015 to provide support to the Centers’ Directors, Professor Robert Greenwald and Professor Dan Nagin. Ebony previously worked for College Bound Dorchester, a dynamic organization that it is working to better Dorchester and ensure its residents are college bound. Ebony provided direct executive support to the CEO, Mark Culliton. Earlier in her career, Ebony provided executive level assistance to the team at Atlantic Retail Properties, the leading retail real estate firm on the East Coast. Prior to that, Ebony served as Center and Programmatic Development Management at the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) at Boston University, provided direct support for APARC’s Director Ambassador Charles R. Stith.
Communications and Marketing Consultant
Najeema Holas-Huggins joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in January 2015 to support efforts in communications, marketing, and outreach. She comes to CHLPI with nearly ten years experience in these and related areas of focus in the non-profit world. Previously, Najeema worked at the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children as the marketing manager, where she managed website content and upkeep, blogging, email marketing, social media, and general communications. Additionally, she supported fundraising through grantwriting, event planning, and prospect research. She is a contributing author on two of the organization’s major research reports. Prior to that, she worked as the development and marketing associate for Whittier Street Health Center.
Najeema received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts in 2006. She graduated from The Partnership, Inc.’s Associate Program in 2013.
Laura Johnston joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in August 2012 and supports the Center’s clinics, policy research, communications, and community outreach projects. Laura previously worked at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, a Harvard university-wide center for research and practice, where she contributed to the Center’s international research and managed the Center’s communications and student engagement programs. She was also an ombudsman for the Harvard Kennedy School and trained by the International Ombudsman Association. Earlier in her career she built potable water systems and latrines in the rural highlands of Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and supported social entrepreneurs around the world in both the Andean Region office and international headquarters of the organization Ashoka. Laura received B.A. degrees in Spanish and Psychology from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Research Fellow, Harvard Law School; Affiliate, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Bettina has been a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School since 2012, and based at the Food Law and Policy Clinic since 2013. At the clinic, Bettina is lead supervisor on the School Food Interventions project, writing a policy toolkit for state and local policymakers together with a team of students. In addition, Bettina works on school food issues in applied settings, focusing on food literacy education and school food culture overhauls. In 2011, Bettina founded Stone Soup, a parent group on food in school, and has been staging an annual Food Day Festival for K-8 public school students since 2012. In 2014, Bettina was appointed by the Town of Brookline Wellness Committee to co-chair its subcommittee on developing a Local School Wellness Policy to improve school food practices.
Before coming to Harvard, Bettina was a fair housing attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland, California, serving low-income clients with disabilities. Previously, Bettina worked for the International Crisis Group documenting war crimes in Kosovo, and as an adviser to Benin during the United Nations Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court. Bettina received her A.B. in Comparative History and Literature magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she worked at the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Mental Health Project and served on the editorial board of the Roundtable Journal for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies. Following law school, Bettina clerked for the Honorable Daniel T.K. Hurley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and for the Honorable Susan S. Beck, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. She is a licensed member of the bars of the State of California and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and serves the Town of Brookline as an elected member of Town Meeting for Precinct 1.
Senior Clinical Instructor; Associate Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Amy Rosenberg is currently Associate Director of the Health Law and Policy Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, a neighborhood legal aid office that is also a teaching clinic for law students. She has worked on HIV-related issues since 1991, directly representing clients in disability, insurance, estate planning and guardianship matters, as well advocating on systems-level law and policy issues that affect people living with HIV/AIDS. From 1995-2001, Amy was the senior policy and legal analyst at AIDS Action Committee in Boston, New England’s largest AIDS service organization. She then worked as an independent consultant for a number of clients, including state and federal agencies, universities, and non-profits. Amy graduated from Harvard College in 1986 and from Harvard Law School in 1993.
Staff Attorney in the Health Law and Policy Clinic
Carmel joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in September 2014. Carmel earned her J.D., cum laude, in 2010 from Harvard Law School and her M.P.H. in 2010 from the Harvard School of Public Health. She clerked for Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2010-2011. Carmel is a licensed member of the bars of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Carmel was an associate in the health care group of Ropes & Gray LLP. She focused her practice in regulatory and compliance work, including advising client on topics such as data privacy and security, implementation of health care reform and public payer billing and reimbursement. Carmel has significant experience advising on managed care network construction, regulation and strategy for non-profit and for profit clients. She also served as temporary-in house counsel to a large medical device company. During her time at Ropes & Gray, she authored two articles on Medicaid premium assistance programs in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Policy Report, an article on the placement of laboratory staff in physician offices in G2 Intelligence and an overview of data privacy and security regulations for health insurance exchange entities in Bloomberg BNA’s Health IT Law & Industry Report.