Quentin Palfrey , Deputy General Counsel

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Quentin Palfrey is Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Palfrey rejoined the Department in January 2021 after previously serving as deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives during the Obama-Biden administration. Palfrey also served as a senior advisor for jobs & competitiveness in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy from 2011-2013.


Prior to his time in the Obama administration, Palfrey served as the first chief of the Healthcare Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he oversaw multi-million-dollar litigation and investigations against insurance and pharmaceutical companies and played a key role in decisions relating to the implementation of Massachusetts' landmark healthcare reform law.

Palfrey has also led several nonprofit organizations, including J-PAL North America (MIT's poverty lab), where he worked to improve the efficacy of social services in the areas of health care, economic mobility, housing, and education; the Voter Protection Corps, which seeks to overcome obstacles voters face to registering, voting, and having their votes count; the International Digital Accountability Council, an independent watchdog dedicated to ensuring a fair and trustworthy digital and app marketplace for consumers worldwide through monitoring, investigation, education and collaboration with platforms and developers; and Global Access in Action, a project of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University that conducts action-oriented research into access to lifesaving medicines, and alternative incentives for the development of medical treatments for underserved populations. Palfrey was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.

Palfrey is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

Last updated: 2021-03-17 10:55

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