Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Dia Taylor, MBA

Dia Taylor, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, CDC

Dia Taylor, MBA, is the Acting 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, she oversees management, facilities, and operations at the Atlanta-based public health agency. Specifically, Taylor manages CDC’s budget; oversees facilities design, maintenance, security, management analysis, and safety and personnel security; leads acquisitions, contractual assistance and grants; manages information technology and security; and directs human resources strategy, training, and workplace development.

Most recently, Taylor served as Chief Human Capital Officer, Deputy Ethics Counselor and Director of CDC’s Human Resources Office (HRO). She has more than 31 years of federal sector leadership experience, with significant experience in leading strategic operational change, public health policy and program development, business management and operations, employee development, organizational development and performance management, business process re-engineering, and developing effective service-oriented organizations.

Since joining CDC in 1990, Taylor has held several senior-level administrative, policy, and management positions within the agency. As the senior management official for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, she was responsible for improving business services, practices, and systems through effective and efficient strategic thinking, critical analysis, resource and performance management, change leadership, business policy development, communications, and customer relations management.

Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and public policy from Clark College and a Master of Business Administration from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She is also a graduate of the HHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, recipient of the 2006 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, and was a member of the CDC team recognized for the 2007 Presidential Award for Management Excellence—President’s Quality Award for Innovative and Exemplary Practices.

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