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Photo: Linda A. Carnes, DrPA. MPA

Linda A. Carnes, DrPA. MPA

Associate Director for Communications Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards, and Services

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Special Project Lead for Dedication of the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library & Legacy Exhibit

Linda Carnes is a public policy and marketing specialist with 25 years of management experience in the areas of public affairs, private sector partnerships, media and global health. Presently, she is the Special Project Lead for Dedication of the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library & Legacy Exhibit and Associate Director for Communications in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Division of Laboratory Programs, Standards and Services. Most recently, she served as the Energizing People Lane Leader to the CDC Healthiest Nation Coordinating Council, charged to create excitement and relevance about health care reform among the public and employees. Prior to this, she served as Senior Advisor for Public Relations in for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/OADC), where she led a team of public affairs and media professionals in the development and implementation of innovative initiatives that engage the public in health and manage the brand and image of the agency. In previous CDC positions, she directed professional teams in marketing consultations and led the design, development and implementation of initiatives to promote behavior change utilizing the media and popular emerging technologies. Prior to this, she developed interventions and negotiated agreements to build professional competencies and stronger public health infrastructures with ministries of health in Argentina, China and Brazil. Dr. Carnes is also a journalist and public affairs producer, and worked at CBS and Public Broadcasting stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Connecticut for 15 years before coming to CDC. Presently she serves on the Aspen Institute Health Stewardship Advisory Board, the Planning Committee for TEDxAtlanta and the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Speech School. Earlier, Dr. Carnes served as a member of the Media Organizing Committee for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. She trained as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Intern at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, was appointed Ford Foundation Fellow for the term of her masters degree program at Syracuse University, and holds a doctorate in public policy and economics from the Von Kleinschmidt Center at the University of Southern California.