The CDC Leaders
Carmen Villar, MSW
Chief of Staff
Carmen Villar is Chief of Staff for CDC and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Director. She will resolve issues that cross organizational lines, coordinate decision-making processes, and help CDC focus on its highest priority initiatives.
Before becoming Chief of Staff, Ms. Villar was Deputy Director of CDC’s Nigeria office. In this capacity, Ms. Villar served as the principal advisor to the Country Director on policy and program development. She also oversaw the management and operations of the over $200m portfolio of public health activities including HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; avian influenza surveillance; and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. As a member of the USG interagency senior management team, Ms. Villar exercised strategic planning and diplomatic skills that increased collaboration and coordination with the government of Nigeria and improved public health across the country.
Prior to joining the CDC-Nigeria team, Ms. Villar served as both Acting Director and Deputy Director for the CDC-Zambia program. She has worked internationally within CDC’s Global AIDS Program and the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) since 2002.
Before moving overseas, Ms. Villar served as Acting Deputy Director for Management and Operations (DDMO) for DHAP, where she oversaw the administration and management of a $630m budget, nearly 400 cooperative agreements, and 700 staff. Her experience in managing and guiding research, program, HIV prevention community planning, and capacity building activities in various positions throughout DHAP and the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program refined her management skills and prepared her for working overseas.
Ms. Villar joined CDC in 1997 as a Presidential Management Intern, where she completed policy rotations in the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, the Financial Management Office, and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau.
Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Villar gained policy experience working for the California State Assembly and as the Government Affairs Coordinator for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles.
Ms. Villar completed both her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and Master of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley.
She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work in government including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.
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