Dr. Poonam Alaigh Joins Board of Directors

Media Center, Press Releases — By on July 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Dr. Alaigh brings combination of private sector and government experience
to free-market think tank

Randolph, New Jersey - Dr. Poonam Alaigh was welcomed to the Board of Directors of the Common Sense Institute of New Jersey this week, where she will provide oversight and leadership for the state’s premier free-market public policy think tank. Dr. Alaigh recently served as Commissioner of Health and Senior Services for Governor Chris Christie, and previously served on the transition team of Governor-Elect Jon Corzine in 2005.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Alaigh will be providing her health care policy and management insights on behalf of CSI-NJ,” said Institute President Jerry Cantrell. “As New Jersey wrestles with how to improve the quality of life for state residents while responsibly managing limited resources, Dr. Alaigh’s leadership role within our organization will benefit the Institute greatly.”

Prior to her work on behalf of the Christie Administration, Dr. Alaigh held positions in several sectors within the health care industry, including as Executive Director at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and National Medical Director for GlaxoSmithKline. Her experience in health care administration, managed care, and clinical and hospital practice gives her a unique perspective on American health care, and how New Jersey’s system can be improved.

“I am honored to join the Board of the Common Sense Institute, a platform for tackling the key policy issues in our state especially during this poignant time of health care reform,” said Alaigh.

“Dr. Alaigh’s associations and affiliations also demonstrate her understanding of managing groups such as CSI-NJ. Her ideas as to how to grow the Institute will be welcomed by her new colleagues on the Board. I thank her for committing her time to the Institute’s mission of public policy research and developing free market solutions to the challenges facing New Jersey, and I look forward to working with her in the years to come,” Cantrell concluded.

To view Dr. Alaigh’s biography, click here.


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