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Position
Co-Director
Company
Global Access in Action (GAiA)
Bio
Quentin Palfrey is a co-Director of Global Access in Action, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University that conducts action-oriented research into access to lifesaving medicines, and alternative incentives for the development of medical treatments for underserved populations. Palfrey previously served as Executive Director of J-PAL North America, which works to improve the effectiveness of social programs through research, policy outreach, and capacity building. Based at MIT, J-PAL North America seeks to help decision-makers use research evidence in policy decisions and program design and to provide training courses on the value of impact evaluation. From 2011 to 2013, he was Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. While there, he served as lead White House policy staffer on a successful patent reform effort that led to the signing of the America Invents Act. He also coordinated White House input into a report to Congress on the national strategy for innovation and competitiveness, and was involved in a wide range of other initiatives including the launch of Patents for Humanity and the re- launch of the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Prior to joining the White House, Quentin was the Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives at the US Department of Commerce. Additionally, he served as lead lawyer on developing Department views on many cases in litigation at the US Supreme Court and US Courts of Appeals. From 2007 to 2009, Quentin was Chief of the Health Care Division in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. A lawyer by training, Quentin holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and has worked as an attorney in private practice at the law firms WilmerHale and Cravath, Swaine & Moore.