Cybele Bjorklund is a Distinguished Visitor at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University’s Law Center and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She also currently serves as a council member for the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), and provides a range of strategic consulting services on policy issues to selected clients.
From July 2016 – January 2018, Cybele was the vice president and head of Global Policy at Sanofi, a French healthcare company focused on meeting patient needs through the development of innovative pharmaceutical, vaccine, and biologic products. In this role, Cybele established the global policy group, and led efforts to develop and implement positions and relationships that supported Sanofi’s strategic objectives, including improving access to care and health outcomes.
Prior to Sanofi, Cybele served in several senior professional roles in the US Senate and House of Representatives, including nearly 15 years as the Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Health and senior health advisor for the Committee on Ways & Means, four years as Senator Kennedy’s deputy staff director for health on the HELP Committee, and two years as a legislative advisor to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During her federal service, Cybele was at the center of virtually every major Medicare debate, had a leading role in the creation and enactment of the Affordable Care Act, and provided guidance for the development of many other laws affecting Medicare, private health insurance and other key federal health programs. Before moving to Congress, she was a social science research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Cybele serves on the Policy Advisory Committee for the Medicare Rights Center, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and is on the board of directors for the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship. Cybele 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 received a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health, with an emphasis on health policy and a concentration in law, ethics, and policy, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon.