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Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH

CDC DIRECTOR

Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH

Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, is the Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is one of the nation’s top health leaders with experience leading large and complex organizations, and a proven track-record protecting Americans’ health and safety.

Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD

PRINCIPAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD

Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, serves as the Principal Deputy Director (PDD) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In his PDD role, he is involved with CDC’s work around data modernization, public health preparedness and response, laboratories, and communications.

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Deputy Director for Program and Science/Chief Medical OfficeR

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director for Program and Science at CDC. In this role, she is responsible for establishing, strengthening, and maintaining collaboration and coordination across CDC’s national centers including infectious diseases, chronic disease, environmental health, injury prevention, and public health infrastructure. Dr. Houry is also the Designated Federal Officer for the Advisory Committee to the CDC Director, working directly with private and public sector constituents to prioritize CDC’s activities and address key areas including data modernization and health disparities.

Andi Lipstein Fristedt, MPA

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR POLICY, COMMUNICATIONS, AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS/CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

Andi Lipstein Fristedt, MPA

Andi Lipstein Fristedt, MPA, is the Deputy Director for Policy, Communications, and Legislative Affairs. In this role, she provides strategic policy direction to advance CDC’s public health mission and oversees the agency’s communication activities and engagement with Congress and other Washington-based partners and policymakers.

Howard Zucker, MD, JD

DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

Howard Zucker, MD, JD

Howard Zucker, MD, JD, is the Deputy Director for Global Health, a position he assumed in January 2023. In this role, he has broad operating authority and responsibility for overall planning, direction, and management of global strategy and programs across CDC.

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of 10 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency.

Kate Wollf, MPA

CHIEF OF STAFF

Kate Wolff, MPA

Kate Wolff, MPA, is CDC’s Chief of Staff. Wolff has more than 16 years of experience both inside and outside of government, creating positive organizational outcomes though strong collaboration, effective problem-solving, and crisis management. Wolff first joined the federal government at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, working in a variety of roles in the HHS Secretary’s office, including director of scheduling and advance, before joining the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to help manage the response to the 2014 influx of unaccompanied children, and the first chief of staff for the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2015.

CDC Centers and Institute (listed below alphabetically)
Dylan George, PhD

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR FORECASTING AND OUTBREAK ANALYTICS

Dylan George, PhD

Dylan George, PhD, is the Director for the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CFA is building world class data and analytics capabilities to guide interventions in public health emergencies and pandemics.

Kayla Laserson, ScD, SM, FASTMH (CDR, USPHS, RET)

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL HEALTH CENTER

Kayla Laserson, ScD, SM, FASTMH (CDR, USPHS, RET)

Kayla Laserson, ScD, SM, FASTMH, is the Director for the Global Health Center (GHC) where she leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action.

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER ON BIRTH DEFECTS AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, is the Director for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). She has more than 30 years of experience in public health and health care, with leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Her “north star” has always been children and families, and she has shaped her career around helping every family have the best opportunity for health and well-being.

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, is the Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed in August 2019. NCCDPHP has an annual budget of about $1.2 billion and more than 1,000 staff members dedicated to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health across the life span.

Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS, RET)

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR EMERGING AND ZOONOTIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Daniel Jernigan, MD, MPH (CAPT, USPHS, RET)
Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). In this role, he oversees CDC’s work on foodborne, waterborne, fungal, vector-borne, highly pathogenic (e.g., Ebola), and healthcare-associated infectious diseases.
Aaron (Ari) Bernstein, MD, MPH

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH/AGENCY FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND DISEASE REGISTRY

Aaron (Ari) Bernstein, MD, MPH

Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, serves as the Director for the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR).

Brian C. Moyer, PhD

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS

Brian C. Moyer, PhD

Brian C. Moyer, PhD, is the Director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is the nation’s principal source for health statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of people. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership for a wide-range of programs, including research and analysis in health and vital statistics, epidemiology, and related health and statistical sciences.

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR HIV, VIRAL HEPATITIS, STD AND TB PREVENTION

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. He leads the nation’s efforts to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis.

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, where he leads CDC’s efforts to detect, prevent, and respond to vaccine-preventable and respiratory infectious disease threats.

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND CONTROL

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control where she leads CDC’s innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences.

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE, TRIBAL, LOCAL, AND TERRITORIAL PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORKFORCE

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD

Leslie Ann Dauphin, PhD, is the Director of the National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA

DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

CDC Offices (listed below alphabetically)
Jeff Reczek, MPA

DIRECTOR, CDC WASHINGTON OFFICE

Jeff Reczek, MPA

Jeff Reczek, MPA is the Director of the CDC Washington Office. He has a rich history of public service in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government as well as state government.

Kevin Griffis

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Kevin Griffis

Kevin Griffis is the Director of the Office of Communications (OC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this position, he leads and directs comprehensive communication outreach and delivery of CDC’s health information and mission priorities along with managing risk communication and reputational issues for the agency.

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA

Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of 10 major operating divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency.

Kate Wollf, MPA

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF

Kate Wolff, MPA

Kate Wolff, MPA, is CDC’s Chief of Staff. Wolff has more than 16 years of experience both inside and outside of government, creating positive organizational outcomes though strong collaboration, effective problem-solving, and crisis management. Wolff first joined the federal government at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, working in a variety of roles in the HHS Secretary’s office, including director of scheduling and advance, before joining the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to help manage the response to the 2014 influx of unaccompanied children, and the first chief of staff for the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2015.

Reginald R. Mebane, MS

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND WORKPLACE EQUITY

Reginald R. Mebane, MS

Reginald R. Mebane, MS, is currently the Director of CDC’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Workplace Equity (OEEOWE). As Director, Mr. Mebane is responsible for advising and counseling CDC′s executive leadership team on a variety of equal employment opportunity, diversity management, civil rights and human resources issues impacting the agency′s complex and diverse global workforce.

Dr. Leandris Liburd

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY (ACTING)

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, is the Acting Director for CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE).  She served as the Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity for CDC/ATSDR since 2011.  In this capacity, she leads and supports a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health, health equity, and women’s health.

Reynolds M. Salerno, PhD, is serving as the Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS) and Acting Director of the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) at CDC.

ACTING ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF LABORATORY SCIENCE AND SAFETY

Reynolds M. Salerno, PhD

Reynolds M. Salerno, PhD, is serving as the Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety (ADLSS), Acting Director of the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS), and Acting Director of the Center for Laboratory Systems and Response (CLSR) at CDC. In these capacities, Dr. Salerno provides within CDC high-level oversight and coordination of critical laboratory science policies and operations, as well as, management of laboratory safety and quality. He also serves as the interface between CDC and the clinical and public health laboratory and testing community.

Debra Lubar, PhD

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF POLICY, PERFORMANCE, AND EVALUATION

Debra Lubar, PhD

Debra Lubar, PhD, is the director for the Office of Policy, Performance and Evaluation (OPPE). In this role, she is responsible for enhancing CDC’s effectiveness in improving policy, planning, and evaluation to address and support cross-cutting issues while leveraging CDC’s collective influence to improve public health.

Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA, SURVEILLANCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD

Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD is the Director for the Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance, and Technology. In this position, she is responsible for leading, coordinating, and executing a comprehensive public health data strategy and improving the availability and use of public health data to inform decision-making and action. A primary focus of Dr. Layden’s role is to provide leadership for CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative and serve as an advisor to the CDC Director.

Henry Walke, MD, MPH

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF READINESS AND RESPONSE

Henry Walke, MD, MPH

Henry Walke, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Office of Readiness and Response (ORR). In this role, he supports ORR’s three divisions and the Office of the Director to prepare for, respond to, and improve performance in domestic and global public health emergencies.

Sam Posner, PhD

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF SCIENCE

Sam Posner, PhD

Sam Posner, PhD is the Director for the Office of Science (OS). In this capacity, Dr. Posner is critical to helping ensure OS advances its strategic and programmatic priorities to support the agency’s science.