What’s it like working for President Trump after working for President Obama?
Former White House policy advisor Maya Uppaluru speaks to the energy of both white houses, the initiatives that persist despite the new President, and what it’s like to be a working mom in these roles…
Maya Uppaluru was a policy advisor in both the President Obama White House and President Trump White House. Maya joined the White House in 2015, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, launching the Precision Medicine Initiative and serving as a policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, where she helped to shape national policies around health data interoperability and led public-private collaborations to facilitate better access to health data for medical research. She is now an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office with the Digital Health Practice and Health Care Group and provides strategic, legal, and regulatory advice to a range of organizations at the forefront of health innovation, including providers, plans, large tech companies, startups, and venture capital.
Maya has a track record of helping technologists successfully navigate complex regulations to achieve their design and product goals. Most recently, she was on the healthcare team at the United States Digital Service, which aims to improve the way government delivers services to the American people through better technology and user-centered design. Mayaworked directly with engineers, data scientists, designers, and product managers on the launch of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She also worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve data sharing with physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, and transition Medicare from fee for service to value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
Previously, Maya served as a policy advisor at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, where she drafted regulations pertaining to patient access to health data and application programming interfaces and created the first program to link health IT policymakers directly with digital health startups and the venture capital community. Maya also served as an attorney advisor for the Healthcare Connect Fund at the Federal Communications Commission, working to expand access to broadband for rural health care providers to gain access to technology, including telemedicine and electronic health records.