Magda Schaler-Haynes

Magda Schaler-Haynes is a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research and teaching focus on constitutional law and health policy including public health law, health equity, reproductive healthcare, and pandemic response. Schaler-Haynes’ career spans over two decades in health law and policy, including multiple roles in public service at state and federal levels.  From 2019-2022, she served as senior advisor at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General based in the Division of Consumer Affairs, which houses 51 professional licensing boards regulating the majority of New Jersey’s health care professions. As a member of the COVID-19 emergency response team, Schaler-Haynes led initiatives focused on provider supply, scopes of practice and emergency licensure; health equity and nondiscrimination; maternal health; abortion; consumer protection; telehealth; and end of life care. She previously served as the director of policy and strategic planning at the New Jersey Department of Health; as special advisor for health care and women’s issues to US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ); as senior health policy advisor at the New York State Insurance Department; and as an independent health policy consultant. She began her career as an associate in the health care department at the Proskauer firm in New York.  Schaler-Haynes holds JD and MPH degrees from Columbia University and a BA from Brandeis University.