Office of the Chief of Staff

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH

Sherri A. Berger, MSPH, is the Acting Chief of Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she provides strategic advice to the CDC Director and ensures proactive coordination of agency-wide priorities and policies in direct support of CDC’s mission.

Most recently, Berger served as CDC’s Chief Operating Officer, where she oversaw management, facilities, and operations and provided substantial strategic direction for CDC’s workforce and budget. At the same time, she served as CDC’s Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, she oversaw the development and deployment of CDC’s strategic framework and priorities.

Berger began her federal career in 1996 as one of four graduate students selected nationwide to participate in the CDC/Association of Schools of Public Health Experiential Learning Program. She worked as an epidemiologist at the community level until moving to CDC headquarters in Atlanta to serve as a principal epidemiologic investigator. As a result of her management at the program level, she was nominated to participate in the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, where she expanded her career into business management.

She has extensive experience at both the program and senior leadership level and has held several leadership positions at CDC, including associate director for formulation, evaluation, and analysis in CDC’s Financial Management Office, deputy director of one of CDC’s national centers, and director of the agency’s Recovery Act Coordination Unit.

Berger received her bachelor’s in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s of science in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of South Florida.

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