Prior to the Atlantic Fellows Program at GBHI, Walter Dawson has primarily been working on health and aging policy issues with a specific focus on long-term care financing at the state and national levels in the United States.
Bio: Walter Dawson is a lifelong advocate for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Portland State University Institute on Aging. Previously, Dawson served as the Director of Research and Analytics at the Oregon Health Care Association in Portland, Oregon and as a Fulbright Scholar to Canada, where he held the Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University. Dawson has worked extensively in public policy including in Washington, DC at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and at the National Academy of Social Insurance. In 2015, Dawson was appointed by Oregon's Governor Kate Brown to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services. Dawson holds a Master’s from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in social policy from the University of Oxford.