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Lauren A. Smith

Co-CEO

As co-CEO of FSG, Lauren A. Smith, MD, MPH oversees one of the world’s leading social impact consulting firms. She helps drive the vision and growth of the firm to advance its mission of achieving equitable social impact at scale. 

Lauren brings more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of the health care delivery and management, public policy, and public health fields. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature on health equity and the implication of social policies on child and family wellbeing. She has also served on numerous national and state advisory committees focused on public health and health care. 

Since joining FSG in 2015 to oversee the firm's U.S. health practice, Lauren has led dozens of engagements with health foundations, health insurers, health systems, and health care companies, as well as multisector collaboration projects focused on infant mortality reduction and early childhood care and education. She speaks regularly on the topics of strategic philanthropy and collective impact. She has also helped lead FSG’s staff development efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Lauren’s previous leadership roles have included serving as the medical director and then interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the senior strategic advisor for a 50-state, federally-funded innovation and improvement network focused on reducing infant mortality, the national medical director of the Medical Legal Partnership for Children, and the medical director of the pediatric inpatient service at Boston Medical Center, where she was on faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Her experience in federal and state government includes roles as a policy analyst in the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a W.T. Grant Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.

Before FSG

Most recently, Lauren served as the senior strategic advisor for the Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, a $6M federally-funded, multi-year national project to engage federal, state, and local leaders, clinical and public health professionals, and community agencies to achieve major reduction in infant mortality across the U.S. Prior to that, Lauren served as both the medical director and then the interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she successfully organized and led teams to achieve numerous policy and programmatic successes, including in the areas of obesity and chronic disease preventions, perinatal health outcomes for mothers and infants, influenza, school nutrition, and sports-related head injuries. Before joining DPH, Lauren served as a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Medical Center, where she was the medical director of pediatric inpatient services.

Lauren’s prior experience in federal and state government includes roles as a policy analyst in the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a W.T. Grant Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.

Education

  • Harvard College,  AB, cum laude in Biology

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, MPH

  • University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, MD

  • Residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Boston

  • General Pediatrics Fellowship, Department of Pediatrics, Boston University, Boston Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • AcademyHealth

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

On working at FSG

“Prior to coming to FSG, I worked in state and federal government, as well as in clinical settings serving some of our most vulnerable communities. In that work, I witnessed the many, seemingly intractable, problems that my patients and their families faced. Those experiences led me to seek opportunities to work on improving health at the community and population level, through policy, systems, and environment change. At FSG, I have been able to bring new thinking, tools, and approaches to issues in the health sector and beyond. I am passionate about FSG's mission—social change is my life's work.”