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Maureen Culbertson, MS

Senior Advisor

As the senior advisor for program, policy, partnership, and communication in the Office of the Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maureen Culbertson is responsible for proactively assessing and addressing significant programmatic issues and policies related to CDC’s priorities. She currently provides strategic direction and leadership for major agency initiatives, special assignments, and winnable battles, which are public health priorities where large-scale impact on health is possible. Ms. Culbertson has extensive experience in program design and innovation, partnership development, and highly-effective program management.

She previously served as the enterprise officer for the Coordinating Center for Health Promotion at CDC. In that capacity, she directed partnership development, issues management, external engagement, and policy and media response. She worked closely as a senior advisor to the director, resolving complex and time-sensitive issues. During her tenure in the coordinating center, Ms. Culbertson served as the policy lead for CDC’s 2009-2010 H1N1 response. Prior to that, she served as the associate director for communications and as a policy analyst at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Ms. Culbertson joined CDC in 2001 to work with policymakers and partners on the visibility and adoption of prevention strategies that save lives and drive down healthcare costs.

Prior to joining CDC, Ms. Culbertson served as the editorial director for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide where she managed a team of professionals who served a variety of Fortune 500 companies and large non-profit organizations. Ms. Culbertson worked with corporations, non-profits, and voluntary organizations to develop their brands, train senior executives on media and public policy engagement, and create effective crisis management strategies. Ms. Culbertson also has worked as a field producer and writer for CNN in Atlanta. She has taught secondary English and served in the Peace Corps. Ms. Culbertson received a master of science degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and English from The College of William and Mary.


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