by Stephani Simmons
August 17, 2017
Vice President, Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Economic Policy, Center for American Progress
Topher Spiro is the vice president for Health Policy and a senior fellow for Economic Policy at American Progress. He leads teams in conducting policy analysis and mobilizing grass-roots resistance in defense of the Affordable Care Act. Spiro has regularly advised senior administration officials and members of Congress on policy and strategy. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other publications. Spiro often testifies before Congress and has appeared on National Public Radio, CNBC, and C-SPAN.
Prior to joining American Progress, Spiro worked on health policy and economic policy in the U.S. Senate. He served as deputy staff director for health policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). In that role, Spiro was a member of the team that drafted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. As a policy analyst for the Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee, Spiro analyzed and developed policies on pensions, Social Security, and tax and budget issues.
Spiro received his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.