Stephen Palmer is a principal at Leavitt Partners, where he leads the research team within the consulting practice, with a particular focus on state health policy, health services research, and data-based analytics.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Stephen managed his own consulting firm, Waterloo Research and Consulting, for more than five years, helping organizations to navigate the intersections of health care, government, and technology. Stephen served as the Director of the Office of E-Health Coordination for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas State Health IT Coordinator from 2010 through 2013. Prior to joining the Health and Human Services Commission, Stephen served as a Policy Advisor to Texas Governor Rick Perry and as a Medicaid/CHIP policy advisor to the Deputy Executive Commissioner for Health Services at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Rice University and a master’s degree in public affairs and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas.