Scotia with both B.A. and M.S.W. degrees. He continued his studies at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work.


Jonathan E. Fielding is the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the County Health Officer, responsible for all public health functions including surveillance and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and of health protection, including emergency preparedness, for the County’s 10 million residents. He directs a staff of 4,000 with an annual budget exceeding $800 million. He is also a Commissioner of the Los Angeles First 5 Commission, which grants more than $100 million per year to improve the health and development of children 0–5. Dr. Fielding chairs the US Community Preventive Services Task Force and was a founding member of the US Clinical Preventive Services Task Force. He also chairs the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 and was appointed to the California Department of Public Health Advisory Board. Dr. Fielding is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, and has authored over 175 peer reviewed publications, editorials, and book chapters on public health, health policy, health economics, emergency preparedness, and evidence-based public health practice issues. He is editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and Chairman of Partnership for Prevention. He also serves on the Board of the American Legacy Foundation and is an elected member in the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He received his medical and public health degrees from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. He formerly served as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health Massachusetts and Vice President of Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Fielding has received numerous awards, including the Sedgwick Memorial Medal from the American Public Health Association, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement award from the Harvard School of Public Health, and the UCLA Medal, that University’s highest honor.


Richard A. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs. He provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate, and Executive Branch in the federal government. Mr. Gephardt has brought successful resolution for clients on issues related to negotiations, crisis management, and strategic communications. He represents a broad array of Fortune 100 clients on Capitol Hill and before the Administration, in addition to serving as public spokesperson for clients on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change. Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004, representing Missouri’s third Congressional



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