Announcing CDC Foundation’s Next President and CEO, Judy Monroe
Being a board member of an organization has a number of responsibilities, but I don’t believe any is as important as selecting that organization’s leader. As the CDC Foundation board chair, I’m pleased to announce that the next president and CEO of the CDC Foundation is Dr. Judith Monroe. Judy currently serves as director of CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.
For those of you who follow the CDC Foundation regularly, you know that Charlie Stokes, the Foundation’s current president and CEO, last May announced his plans to retire, which set in motion our search for the next leader.
I know that all of our board members join me in celebrating Judy’s selection. She is an extraordinarily intelligent, forward-looking, collaborative and celebrated national public health leader. She brings with her extensive experience in public health from a variety of perspectives—a student, a practicing physician in multiple health settings, a leader in a hospital system, state health commissioner for Indiana and working with the world’s premier population health agency, CDC.
Judy knows firsthand the important role of government in ensuring the health of its citizens. But she also knows the critical role that the philanthropic and private sectors play in making our world healthier and safer. As Judy said in the release announcing her appointment, “Today, public-private partnerships between the government, private and philanthropic sectors are crucial to improving health outcomes for people in America and around the globe. Together, we can do so much more than any of us can do alone.”
While we are delighted to welcome Judy to the CDC Foundation, I can tell you that she is equally excited about this opportunity. On behalf of the board of directors and staff at the CDC Foundation, we look forward to working with Judy as she implements her vision and moves the CDC Foundation forward in building partnerships to help CDC save and improve lives.
I also want to thank Charlie Stokes for his leadership of the CDC Foundation. Charlie has been a true visionary in public-private partnerships to advance health and a strong proponent for extending CDC’s vital life-saving work in this country and around the world.
We welcome Judy to the CDC Foundation, and we wish Charlie and his family the very best.
Doug Nelson is chair of the CDC Foundation’s board of directors and retired president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.