Michael Gerber is the Acting Deputy Director for Strategy of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before joining CPR, Mr. Gerber was Chief of CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) in the Center for Global Health. ERRB leads CDC’s prevention, detection and response to humanitarian and other global emergencies. ERRB also operates the Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT), which supports CDC’s international emergency responses from large-scale disease outbreaks to natural disasters. The GRRT trains CDC employees in specific aspects of international, public-health emergencies to deploy in CDC and CDC-partner responses. Mr. Gerber was also the Acting Chief of the Global Disease Detection Program for more than a year during which he helped modernize the program.
A nutritional epidemiologist and a specialist in international development by training, Mr. Gerber has worked in humanitarian emergencies with CDC and its partners for 20 years in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe and Latin America. Before joining CDC, Mr. Gerber worked with a number of non-governmental organizations with a focus on the interface between nutrition, water, and sanitation in less-developed countries.