Reginald D. Williams II (Reggie) leads the Commonwealth Fund’s program on International Health Policy and Practice Innovations and co-leads the Fund’s focus on Behavioral Health.

In this role, he is responsible for fostering international dialogue, exchange, and education that enables U.S. policymakers and health care leaders to learn from cross-national experiences. He is responsible for the organization’s international benchmarking activities, its international research and policy analysis, and the educational exchanges it conducts with key international partners. Critical to all activities is the cultivation of a robust international network of senior policymakers and health care leaders, including the Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. In addition, he co-leads a new behavioral health initiative that informs the development and implementation of federal and state policy that supports a more effective and equitable behavioral health system across the care continuum—from upstream prevention to crisis response.

Prior to the Fund, Mr. Williams worked as a managing director at Avalere Health for 15 years. His roles at Avalere included leading the firm’s Evidence-Based Medicine Policy practice and focusing on health care delivery innovation and digital health. For over 10 years, he has volunteered with organizations dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. Mr. Williams serves on the board of directors of Fountain House and the Youth Mental Health Project. He has also served as the chair of the board of directors of Mental Health America. Mr. Williams earned an A.B. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.