Office of the Associate Director for Communication

Michelle E. Bonds, MBA

Associate Director for Communication

Michelle E. Bonds, MBA, is the Acting Associate Director for Communication.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, employee communication, national media relations, behavior change campaign development, and federal public affairs.

Bonds is also the Division Director for the Division of Public Affairs (DPA) where she oversees CDC’s diverse public affairs portfolio, including media relations, digital communications and partnerships, community outreach, employee engagement, and the CDC David J. Sencer Museum.

Over the course of her 19 years with the CDC, Bonds has served in a variety of roles, leading teams that conduct executive communication, issues management, and campaigns, including the iconic and agency’s largest and longest-running HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, America Responds to AIDS. She began her career in the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, serving as field staff in California and Maryland.

In addition to her federal service, Bonds has extensive private-sector experience with health communication agencies managing health marketing and public relations portfolios focused on injury prevention, maternal health, HIV/AIDS and TB prevention and screening, and occupational health. In addition to her domestic portfolio, she led similar programs in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Bonds, a former broadcast journalist, also held positions in marketing and management positions at the Morehouse School of Medicine and IBM.

Bonds earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration on international business from Mercer University.

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