The State Affairs team works with policymakers in Annapolis, Maryland, to advance the mission of Johns Hopkins, advocating for a strong research environment and increased funding and investment for the groundbreaking innovations that have made Johns Hopkins a world-renowned institution. 

Elizabeth Hafey

Elizabeth Hafey, Esq.

Assistant Director, State Affairs

Elizabeth has deep and varied legal experience, most recently working for Miles & Stockbridge. She has a J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law, a M.S. in Law, Justice and Society from American University, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia.  Elizabeth has experience as a member of the Maryland Health Care Commission and as a Liquor License Commissioner for Baltimore City.  Elizabeth has been recognized for a number of accomplishments in her field, and in 2016 was named one of Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40.

Sheila Higdon

Sheila Higdon

Associate Director, State Affairs

Sheila came to Johns Hopkins in March 1999. Since joining Hopkins in 1999, She has led the efforts to secure state funding for the Johns Hopkins Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. Her additional areas of focus include capital, health care professionals, health care facilities, and long term care. She previously held various administrative positions in the departments of medicine, surgery, and administration at Mercy Medical Center where she was employed for more than 25 years. She earned her associates degree from Villa Julie College and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore.

Annie Coble

Annie Coble

Policy Analyst, State Affairs

Annie was a health policy analyst at the Maryland Department of Health, responsible for developing and implementing policies for the Behavioral Health Unit in the Medicaid program. She also has legislative experience, having previously serves as a legislative research assistant for the Maryland Association of Counties. Annie holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Bachelor of Social Work from Monmouth University and a Master of Social Work in Health Policy from Boston College.


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