Associate Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
Emily Eisenberg Lobelo, ScD, MS
Emily Eisenberg Lobelo, ScD, MS is Associate Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation (OPPE) for the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR).
In this position, Dr. Lobelo oversees development of partnerships, management of legislative policy and relations, budget formulation and performance integration, program impact measurement and evaluation, partnership development, and issues management of public health preparedness and response programs.
Before joining CPR, Dr. Lobelo served for 9 years as the Associate Director for Policy of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Dr. Lobelo has worked on public policy and public affairs in support of several infectious disease emergency responses since 2009 working on or leading CDC Policy Units during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the 2013 response, H7N9 influenza, Ebola, and Zika responses. During the COVID-19 response, Dr. Lobelo held several leadership positions. She served as lead for the COVID-19 Policy Unit, Senior Advisor to the COVID-19 Incident Manager, and as a Principal Deputy Incident Manager.
Dr. Lobelo began her career at CDC in 2008 as a senior health communications specialist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Prior to this, she served as the Director of Communications for the D.C.-based National Farmers Union, working on policy and advocacy for issues impacting family farmers and ranchers and rural America. Dr. Lobelo earned an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. She received a doctorial degree in health policy and management from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where her research focused on health outcomes and economics related to influenza and influenza vaccination for Americans living in poverty.