Thomas J. Chapel, MA, MBA
Chief Evaluation Officer, CDC
Thomas J. Chapel, MA, MBA, serves as the Chief Evaluation Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position, he works to strengthen program evaluation at CDC and expand CDC-wide evaluation capacity through standards, training, tools, and resources.
Chapel was CDC’s acting Chief Evaluation Officer from March-December 2010. He joined CDC in January 2001 as a senior health scientist and has been providing evaluation leadership ever since – first in the Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (later Office of Strategy and Innovation), and then as Senior Evaluation Scientist in the Office of Workforce and Career Development. Just before joining AD Program, he served as Chief Evaluation Officer in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). He also led the accountability component of CDC’s Economic Stimulus Recovery Team, which helped CDC programs respond to the detailed ARRA accountability requirements.
Chapel is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership with the American Evaluation Association, and he is a frequent and well-known speaker, presenter and facilitator on the topics of strategic planning and evaluation. He has authored several articles and contributed chapters to several edited volumes on evaluation. Before joining CDC, he was a vice president in the Atlanta office of Macro International (now ICF Macro), where he directed several large task order contracts for CDC and other Departments within HHS. Tom received his bachelor of arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his master of business administration and master of public policy degrees from the University of Minnesota.