Margaret Anderson is the executive director of FasterCures, a Washington DC-based center of the Milken Institute. FasterCures focuses on saving lives by speeding up and improving the medical research system, spurring cross-sector collaboration, cultivating a culture of innovation and engaging patients as partners. She is a founding board member and past-president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and a member of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, the National Health Council board, the Food and Drug Administration's Science Board, Science Looking Forward Committee and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation. Prior to joining FasterCures in 2004, Anderson was the deputy director and a team leader in the Center on AIDS & Community Health at the Academy for Educational Development, program director at the Society for Women’s Health Research. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in science, technology and public policy from George Washington University.