Sharon Arnold is the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy. In that role, she serves as a senior manager in the office and assists the Deputy Assistant Secretary in leading an expert team of analysts, data scientists, economists, and strategic planners. She provides leadership in policy development, coordination, policy research, and evaluation related to public health, science and data policy issues.
Sharon previously served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Acting Director of its Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets. She has held a number of positions at CMS, including Director of the Payment Policy and Financial Management Group in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Director of the Payment, Demonstration and Information Group in the Center for Medicare, and in the Office of Legislation. She was Vice President at AcademyHealth, where she directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Initiative. She has also had research positions at Mathematica Policy Research and at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission. Sharon has a BS in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, an MSPH from UCLA, and a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Rand Graduate School.