Dr. Laurie Zephyrin is the first national director of reproductive health at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision to optimize reproductive health care across the national health system. Laurie leads the development of programs and policy and implements innovations to enhance delivery of care. She is a leading expert and strategist in women’s health policy and health systems. Her overarching mission is to ensure that health systems deliver high quality health care to vulnerable populations globally. Laurie is on faculty at the New York University College of Global Health and the New York University School of Medicine and provides clinical care to women veterans at the New York Harbor Veterans Administration Health Care System. Previously, as a faculty member at Columbia University School of Medicine she provided clinical care in underserved communities and led research addressing the risk benefit of steroid use in preterm labor. She has previously led initiatives addressing health systems access for women in East Africa and South Africa. Laurie was also honored as a White House Fellow, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and inducted as the first woman to the Brooklyn Technical High School Hall of Fame. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the City College of New York, medical doctorate from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed her post-doctoral training in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard’s Integrated Residency Program. She also holds master’s degrees in public health and business from Johns Hopkins University. Laurie is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.