Office of the Associate Director for Communication

Caitlin (Cate) Shockey, J.D.

Caitlin (Cate) Shockey, J.D.

Caitlin (Cate) Shockey, J.D. is the acting Associate Director for the Office of Communication (OADC) at CDC. In this position, she supports CDC’s 24/7 work and communication efforts to protect America’s safety, health, and security, whether they begin at home or abroad.

Shockey has served as the Associate Director for Communication for NCEZID’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine since 2018. She has spent the past two years as the communication lead for the Global Migration Task Force as part of the COVID-19 Response, coordinating the communication strategy, outreach, and rollout for all travel-related programs, including guidance and messaging for domestic and international travelers.

Shockey previously led CDC’s influenza vaccination campaign in NCIRD where she oversaw planning and implementation of CDC’s national flu campaign as well as CDC’s seasonal flu digital and social media communications. Her experience also includes work as a health communication team lead in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, where she supported the 2014 Ebola response and 2016 Zika response. Throughout her time at CDC, she has worked in digital and social media, partnerships, strategic communications, public affairs, and emergency response communication and is credited with creating the Ready Wrigley children’s preparedness series.

Shockey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University and her law degree from the University of Tennessee. She joined CDC as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2007.

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