Richard Hughes IV

Portrait of Richard Hughes IV
Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Richard Hughes IV, JD, MPH, is Vice president of Public Policy at Moderna. Mr. Hughes is a nationally recognized vaccine thought leader and has led many efforts to expand access to vaccines and preventive services and improve public health outcomes.

Previously, he was Managing Director at Avalere Health, where Mr. Hughes founded and led the firm’s vaccines group. Prior to joining Avalere, he practiced health care law and served as a strategic adviser at Epstein, Becker & Green. Mr. Hughes previously held roles with Merck and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Arkansas State Board of Health.

Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, he held an appointment as a Professorial Lecturer in Health Policy and Management at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. During law school, Mr. Hughes proudly served as a research assistant to renowned health law and vaccines scholar Professor Sara Rosenbaum. He is a member of the National Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and the District of Columbia Bar.


BS, Arkansas State University; MPH, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; JD, George Washington University