Julie Sonier is Deputy Director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota. She has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of state-level health reforms, with a particular focus on using data to understand state-level trends and to inform policy decisions that improve health care cost, access, and quality. She assists states with modeling the state-level impacts of health care reforms, designing and implementing multipayer health care payment reform initiatives, creating frameworks for measuring the impacts of reforms, and implementing Medicaid-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining SHADAC in 2010, Ms. Sonier served as director of the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. Ms. Sonier holds a masters degree in public affairs with a concentration in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Amherst College.