Deputy Director (Acting) and Senior Advisor for Management and Operations
Lovisa Romanoff, MS, MPH
Lovisa Romanoff, MS, MPH is the Senior Advisor for Management and Operations and Acting DDMO for the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR). Before joining CPR, Lovisa was the Deputy Director of the Division of Laboratory Science (DLS) in the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). In this role, she oversaw the management and operations of the division’s seven branches and the Office of the Director. She also provides leadership for division science strategy and partnerships.
Lovisa has served in a variety of roles at CDC, accruing extensive cross-functional knowledge and experience from scientific, programmatic, and administrative perspectives. She started her CDC career in DLS as an Oak Ridge Institute, Science and Education (ORISE) fellow in 2002. As a laboratory scientist, her early research was focused on assessing human exposure to environmental chemicals and toxic substances. In addition to her work in the laboratory, Lovisa also served as the DLS liaison to the CDC Foundation between 2008 and 2009. In this role she implemented and managed projects between DLS and both domestic and international partners with the private sector, academia, professional organizations, and advocacy groups. She served as the Project Officer and technical advisor for the State Biomonitoring cooperative agreement, which is aimed at increasing the capability and capacity of state public health laboratories to assess human exposure to environmental chemicals at the local level. In other roles at CDC, Lovisa served as the Deputy Branch Chief for the Laboratory Reference and Research Branch in the Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. She also volunteered in temporary appointments leading budget development during CDC’s Ebola response and CDC’s response to the 2017 and 2018 hurricanes and, most recently, as the acting deputy director in CDC’s Office of Science.
Lovisa has a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida.