Alison Buist

Director of Health

Alison Buist, Ph.D., is the Health Policy Director at the Children's Defense Fund, leading its efforts to give every child in America a Heathy Start in life, ensuring that all children can get and keep comprehensive, affordable health coverage and care. Alison is responsible for developing and implementing CDF's child health policy recommendations and serves as lead advocate for enhancing child health policy to elected officials and policymakers. After 9 years at CDF's headquarters in Washington D.C., Alison joined the CDF California team, where she continues her role as CDF's national director of child health and now also advocates for California children.

Prior to coming to CDF, Alison served as a staffer in the U.S. Senate on domestic and international health and social policy, worked on child health issues for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and taught health policy at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Alison has conducted research in areas such as health coverage for childhood asthma, and immunization rates within different health service delivery systems. She has also worked with health planners, both domestically and internationally, on priority setting and resource allocation within their health care systems.

Alison received her Ph.D. in health policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, her M.A. in health policy and development from Yale University and a B.A. in government from Pomona College. When she's not pursuing health and social justice for all children, she spends every minute with her own young children.