Washington Global Health Alliance picks new CEO

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More

Former Washington, DC, director for CDC office named WGHA president and CEO

The Washington Global Health Alliance’s new president and CEO will be Dena Morris, who formerly directed Washington, DC, office for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Morris led CDC’s congressional engagement effort and was part of director Tom Frieden’s senior leadership team. In this role, she participated in efforts that secured emergency appropriations to fund the response to the Zika virus and worked with Congress and stakeholders through the Flint, Michigan, water contamination discovery and response.

Prior to CDC, she led the policy team for Senator Richard Durbin, senior member of the Senate leadership for nine years. As legislative director, she assembled and managed a team of thirty policy staff, leading negotiations on student lending legislation, food safety reform, and biomedical research.

Before joining the Senate, Morris was senior vice president of FaegreBD, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm. As co-chair of the health and disability rights practice team at the firm, she led federal work for the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, the Autism Society of America, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Morris received a master of public policy degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor of arts in political science from Indiana University.

As the leader of WGHA, Ms. Morris will lead the development of the organization’s strategic and operating plans while advocating across a diverse community of stakeholders and policymakers.


Category: Global Health

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