Jim Kaufman Bio

Jim Kaufman Jim is vice president of Public Policy for the Children's Hospital Association, representing over 220 hospital organizations and pediatric programs dedicated to improving child health through innovation in care, education and research. The Association advances child health through its children’s hospital membership, advancing public policy, child advocacy, quality, pediatric information systems, pediatric operations improvement and education across a wide range of legislative and public constituents.

Prior to joining the Association, Jim served as director of Government Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins Institutions. During his 12-year tenure with Johns Hopkins, he represented the university and health system at the federal, state and local levels, addressing a wide variety of policy issues. At the federal level, he has worked on higher education reauthorization, state Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization, Medicare physician payments reform, funding for embryonic stem cell research, Medicaid regulations, National Institutes of Health reauthorization and numerous appropriations. In addition to Johns Hopkins, Jim’s experience includes the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland General Assembly.

Jim is a regular presenter on health policy at major hospital and industry events, and has been cited in media such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and numerous trade publications.

Jim holds his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Schools. He is based in Washington, D.C.