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2020-2021 Fellowship

The Peter Harbage Fellowship is honored to have Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director at Justice in Aging, host the 2020-2021 Fellow. Justice in Aging uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care and economic security for older adults with limited resources. Kevin is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income seniors’ access to public benefits. Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts.


Kevin worked closely with Peter Harbage, starting in 2011, as California took on the ambitious project of converting more than one million dual eligible beneficiaries — people who receive both Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits — into managed care. Peter learned a tremendous amount from Kevin’s expertise and collaborative spirit, and so we are thrilled that our third Harbage Fellow will have the opportunity to learn alongside Kevin and his team.


The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, Kevin frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He is quoted often in national and California media. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging and was named a Top 50 Influencer in Aging in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, San Diego. Kevin is admitted to the California Bar.


The Harbage Fellowship sees the timing of a placement with Justice in Aging as strategic and important. California’s population age 65 and older is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2030. Recognizing this challenge, Governor Gavin Newson recently signed an executive order calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging. Kevin was subsequently named to a Stakeholder Advisory Committee assisting the state in this effort. The fellow will be addressing health care issues for seniors at a crucial time. While experience working on senior issues is a plus, we welcome all applicants passionate about health policy and those eager to make an impact on behalf of some of California’s most vulnerable residents.

 February 14, 2020

 March 2-13, 2020

 Early April

Application Due Date

Video Interviews with Candidates

Fellow Selected


Peter had extensive experience in Medicaid financing and the options open to states and counties for accessing federal funds. He helped lead the team in California that originally conceptualized the nation’s first Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and used that experience to provide policy and operational advice on DSRIP to state agencies and health systems in Massachusetts, Texas, and New York. Peter served as an Assistant Secretary for Health at the California Health and Human Services Agency under Governor Gray Davis and as a Special Assistant to the Administrator of the federal Health Care Financing Administration during the Clinton Administration. He started his career as a Medicaid budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


From 2003 to 2008, Peter served as the senior health policy advisor to presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards. In 2007, he worked extensively with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s health care reform team in California in his role at the New America Foundation and was a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Peter’s expertise and insight made him a frequent source for reporters nationwide. He appeared on CNN and NPR and has been cited in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee. Peter also taught on the American health care system at the University of Southern California and was a frequent contributor to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication’s Health Journalism Fellowship program.


In 2014, Peter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He died from complications from a bone marrow transplant to treat the disease in February 2015. Peter spent his last 18 months more dedicated than ever to working toward an America where everyone has access to high-quality health care. Peter’s belief in what health care could become was responsible for his success in developing national health care policy and advising policy makers at all levels of government. His intelligence, compassion and positive attitude gave him the strength to face challenges with courage, humor, and resilience. It is our hope that the Peter Harbage Fellowship will keep Peter’s legacy alive and tell his story.



To donate to the Peter Harbage Fellowship, click on the button below which will take you to Tides Foundation. Look for the drop down menu under “I want my donation to be designated toward” and select Peter Harbage Fellowshp-2117.

While Peter’s gift will enable us to get started, we are hoping to fund ten fellows over the next ten years so we appreciate any additional funding or support you can give to help us achieve that goal.