Board of Directors

Lauren A. Smith, M.D., MPH

Lauren A. Smith, M.D., MPH, was elected to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Board in 2019.  As a director, Lauren helps set the company’s strategy and overall direction. Within a highly competitive and highly regulated business environment, the board oversees and governs BCBSMA’s operations, which includes the provision of health care coverage to individuals and public and private employers.  Lauren serves on the board’s finance and business performance committee and the health care quality and affordability committee.

Lauren is co-CEO of FSG, one of the world's leading social impact consulting firms. She brings more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of health care delivery and management, public policy and public health.

Lauren’s previous leadership roles include serving as the medical director and then interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; senior strategic advisor for a 50-state, federally funded innovation and improvement network focused on reducing infant mortality; the national medical director of the Medical Legal Partnership for Children; the medical director of the pediatric inpatient service at Boston Medical Center; and faculty member in the department of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. She also served as a policy analyst in the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a W.T. Grant Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.

Lauren currently serves on the boards of Newton Wellesley Hospital and Health Law Advocates. She previously served on the boards of BELL, EMPath (formerly Crittenton Women's Union), The Children’s Trust and as co-chair of the Massachusetts Task Force on Home Visiting.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in biology from Harvard College, an MD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. She completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston and completed her general pediatrics fellowship at Boston Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics.