Lisa Abbott, M.P.P., is the Empower Kentucky Organizer at Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), where she coordinates the organization’s effort to develop a “people’s energy plan” for Kentucky. She has worked as a community organizer with KFTC for more than two decades, including 7 years spent organizing in coalfields of eastern Kentucky and 14 years as KFTC’s organizing director. She serves on the board of the New World Foundation. Ms. Abbott holds a B.S. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in Leadership Development from the University of Maryland.
Henry A. Anderson, M.D., is an adjunct professor of population health at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He was previously the state health officer, chief medical officer, and state epidemiologist for occupational and environmental health in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. His expertise includes public health; preventive, environmental, and occupational medicine; respiratory diseases; epidemiology; human health risk assessment; and risk communication. His research interests include disease surveillance, risk assessment, health hazards of Great Lakes sport-fish consumption, arsenic in drinking water, asbestos disease, and occupational fatalities and injuries. He is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine with a subspecialty in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Anderson is past chair of the Board of Scientific Councilors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He has served on several National
Research Council (NRC) committees, including the Division on Earth and Life Studies Committee, the Committee on Toxicity Testing and Assessment of Environmental Agents, and the Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing Practice. Dr. Anderson received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Kristin Baja, M.S., M.U.P., is the climate and resilience planner for the Office of Sustainability of the City of Baltimore. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s Disaster Preparedness Project and Plan (DP3), which integrates climate adaptation with hazard mitigation efforts. She is also responsible for climate change communication and outreach, Community Rating System certification, resiliency planning, and STAR Communities certification. Ms. Baja, a certified floodplain manager, regulates the city’s floodplain. She is an active member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Climate Communications Consortium of Maryland, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and the Baltimore City Forestry Board. Previously, Ms. Baja developed the City of Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Framework. She has been involved in climate and resilience planning with various cities throughout the United States. In 2016, Ms. Baja was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work on climate equity and resilience. Ms. Baja holds a master’s of urban planning degree and a master of science in Natural Resources and Environment: Sustainable Systems degree from the University of Michigan.
Raymond Baxter, Ph.D., was Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy for the last 15 years. In that role, he built the largest U.S. community benefit program, investing more than $2 billion annually in community health. He led Kaiser Permanente’s signature national health improvement partnerships, including the Weight of the Nation, EveryBody Walk!, the Convergence Partnership, and the Partnership for a Healthier America. He established Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research and its national genomics research bank, served as President of KP International and chaired Kaiser Permanente’s field-leading environmental stewardship work.
Previously, Dr. Baxter headed the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and The Lewin Group. In 2001 the University of California (UC), Berkeley, School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In 2006 he received the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. He currently serves on the advisory board of the UC Berkeley School of
Public Health and the boards of the CDC Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation. He recently completed terms on the Global Agenda Council on Health of the World Economic Forum, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University.
Georges Benjamin, M.D., is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues that have the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 2002, he is leading APHA’s push to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation.
He came to APHA from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Benjamin became Secretary of Health in Maryland in 1999, following 4 years as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement of the state’s Medicaid program.
Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health in Great Britain.
Paul Biedrzycki, M.P.H., M.B.A., CIH, serves as the director of disease control and environmental health within the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD). He has worked in local public health for more than 33 years and currently provides leadership and strategic oversight across a wide range of programs and initiatives at MHD. He has been active in the response to a number of emerging infectious disease outbreaks in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding regions that were national in scope and impact. These include the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak, the 2003 Monkeypox outbreak, the 2006 multistate E. coli spinach outbreak, a 2008 nationwide measles outbreak, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Mr. Biedrzycki has presented extensively at national conferences, workshops, and seminars on a variety of emerging public health topics. These include global climate change, biosurveillance and intelligence fusion, novel infectious disease epidemiology, legal preparedness, and community engagement in emergency planning and response. Mr. Biedrzycki routinely participates in several national workgroups and committees convened by
federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Environmental Protection Agency.
John Bolduc, MUP, has been an environmental planner for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 20 years and has more than 30 years of experience in municipal sustainability policy. His professional experience includes local climate change planning for mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency building, renewable energy, green buildings, open-space planning and management, wetlands protection, and land use policy. Currently, he is managing the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience Plan. Mr. Bolduc holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). She has 18 years of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and food systems projects and has held numerous nonprofit administrative positions since 1992. Prior to CalCAN, she was the program director at the Climate Protection Campaign, focused on agriculture and renewable energy. For 7 years she served as the director of Californians for GE-Free Agriculture, a coalition of sustainable agriculture and environmental organizations that provided education on genetic engineering in agriculture. She serves on the steering committee of the Center for Sustainability at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and the advisory board of the University of California, Davis, Agricultural Sustainability Institute.
Matt Cahillane is the public health program manager at the Bureau of Public Health Protection of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Cahillane has managed a number of state-level environmental health programs in New Hampshire over the past two decades. His current projects include building resilience against the effects of a changing climate and local-level interventions for heat stress among the elderly and tick exposure among youth. His past projects have included hazardous materials response, indoor air quality, and disease surveillance.
Kathy Gerwig, M.B.A., is the vice president of employee safety, health, and wellness, as well as environmental stewardship officer, at Kaiser Permanente. She is responsible for developing, organizing, and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for Kaiser Permanente. Her book, Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet, examines the intersections of health care, health, and environmental stewardship. Ms. Gerwig is also responsible for eliminating workplace injuries, promoting healthy
lifestyle choices, and reducing health risks for the organization’s 220,000 employees and physicians.
Lynn Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington (GW) University. Dr. Goldman’s responsibilities are informed by her broad and deep public policy and academic experience. Prior to joining GW in 2010, she was professor of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Goldman was assistant administrator for toxic substances at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1993 through 1998 under President Bill Clinton. Under her watch, EPA overhauled the nation’s pesticide laws, expanded right-to-know requirements for toxin release, reached consensus on an approach to testing chemicals with endocrine-disrupting potential, developed standards to implement lead-screening legislation, and promoted children’s health and global chemical safety. Prior to joining EPA, Dr. Goldman worked in environmental health for the California Department of Public Health.
A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has chaired or served on numerous committees and forums. She currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine Governing Council and the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the Food and Drug Administration Science Board.
Among many accolades, Dr. Goldman received a 2009 Heinz Award, given to innovators addressing global change caused by the impact of human activities. She was awarded alumna of the year by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health; received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government from Johns Hopkins University; and was named 1 of 150 outstanding alumni by the University of California, San Francisco. She also received an honorary doctorate from Örebro University in Sweden for her contributions to chemical legislation in the United States and Sweden and her influence on the research conducted at the university’s Man Technology Environment Research Centre.
Halida Hatic, M.A., is the director of community relations and development for the Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR), a Louisville-based nonprofit working to promote and support interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action. Before joining the CIR staff, Ms. Hatic worked for 10 years in the environmental sustainability field, including 6 years at the New England office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this capacity, she managed and coordinated regional implementation of EPA’s voluntary programs to reduce emissions from mobile sources.
In her current role as director of community relations and development for the Center for Interfaith Relations, Ms. Hatic leads efforts to infuse principles of environmental health and sustainability into CIR’s daily operations and ongoing programming. She is a certified Green Specialist, a certified consultant in the Barrett Cultural Transformation Tools, Levels I and II, and a 2014 graduate of the Bioneer’s Cultivating Women’s Leadership program. Ms. Hatic currently serves as vice chair of the board of the Louisville Sustainability Council and has infused her passion and commitment to protecting the health and well-being of all living things into both her personal and professional life. Ms. Hatic holds a B.A. in International and Development Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Rachel Holmes, M.F., is the coordinator of The Nature Conservancy’s national urban forestry program called the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative. In this role, she educates and mobilizes people nationwide to engage in long-term urban forest stewardship. She also currently leads a conservancy-wide initiative to enhance and expand the organization’s efforts to engage youth and communities in urban conservation worldwide, with a special focus on human health and well-being. Particularly passionate about building strategic partnerships with communities of faith, Ms. Holmes is co-developing an urban conservation engagement/ecological data collection protocol with the Center for Interfaith Relations (in Louisville, Kentucky) called the Landscape Audit for Sacred Spaces. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Ms. Holmes created and implemented two urban forestry-based job training programs for urban youth in Connecticut and served as an urban forester for the state of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She holds a B.S. of Science from Rutgers University, and concurrently earned a master’s of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School and a master’s of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
George Isham, M.D., M.S., is the senior advisor to HealthPartners, responsible for working with the board of directors and the senior management team on health and quality-of-care improvement for patients, members, and the community. Dr. Isham is also a Senior Fellow at HealthPartners Research Foundation and facilitates forward progress at the intersection of population health research and public policy. He is nationally active and currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum–convened Measurement Application Partnership, chairs the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) clinical program committee, and is a member of NCQA’s Committee on Performance Measurement. He is a former member of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He currently serves on the advisory committee to the director of CDC. His experience as a general internist was with the Navy, at the Freeport Clinic in Freeport, Illinois, and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2014 Dr. Isham was elected to what is now the National Academy of Medicine. He has chaired three studies in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division (HMD, the program unit of the former Institute of Medicine) in addition to serving on a number of HMD studies related to health and quality of care. In 2003 Dr. Isham was appointed as a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies in recognition of his contributions to the work of HMD.
Maria Koetter is Louisville, Kentucky’s first director of sustainability and is responsible for city-wide strategic sustainability planning, policy development, and program implementation. Ms. Koetter developed Louisville’s comprehensive sustainability plan, “Sustain Louisville,” which was released in 2013. Key programs under her direction focus on energy conservation, green infrastructure, tree canopy, and urban heat island mitigation. Ms. Koetter formerly worked in the environmental and sustainability consulting industry and has extensive experience with corporate social responsibility and organizational sustainability funding.
Sanne Magnan, M.D., Ph.D., is the co-chair of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Dr. Magnan served as president and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) until January 2016. She was previously the president of ICSI when she was appointed by former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve as commissioner of health for the Minnesota Department of Health. She served in that position from 2007 to 2010 and had significant responsibility for the implementation of Minnesota’s 2008 health reform legislation, including the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), standardized quality reporting, development of provider peer grouping, certification process for health care homes, and baskets of care. She returned as ICSI’s president and CEO in 2011. Dr. Magnan also currently serves as a staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at the St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her previous experience includes serving as the vice president and medical director of Consumer Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she was responsible for case management, disease management, and consumer engagement. She has served on the board of MN Community Measure-
ment and the board of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center and part of Hennepin Health. She was named 1 of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician magazine in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Since 2012, she has participated in the Process Redesign Advisory Group for the National Center for Inter-professional Practice and Education coordinated through the University of Minnesota. Recently, she became a Senior Fellow, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. She participated in several Technical Expert Panels for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on population health measures (2015–2016), and was a member of the Population-based Payment Workgroup of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (2015–2016). She is also on the Interdisciplinary Application/Translation Committee of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Magnan holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and is a board-certified internist.
Surili Sutaria Patel, M.S., is the senior program manager, Environmental Health, at the American Public Health Association. In this capacity, Ms. Patel oversees the environmental health portfolio, which includes climate change, transportation and active transportation, working with tribal governments, healthy housing, chemical safety, building partnerships, and more. She received her B.S. in political science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her master’s in biomedical science policy from Georgetown University.
Jonathan Patz, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Dr. Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also cochaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by Congress.
Dr. Patz is committed to connecting colleagues from across campus and communities around the world to improve health for all. He is continually striving to integrate his research into teaching for students and communication to policy makers and the general public.
Dr. Patz has written more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and a textbook addressing the health effects of global environmental change, and co-edited the five-volume Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2011). Most recently, he co-edited Climate Change and Public Health (2015,
Oxford University Press) and is leading a massive open online course called Climate Change Policy and Public Health. He has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and has served on several scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Patz served as founding president of the International Association for Ecology and Health.
In addition to directing the universitywide Global Health Institute, Dr. Patz has faculty appointments in the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability & the Global Environment (SAGE), and the Department of Population Health Sciences. He also directs the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE). Dr. Patz is double board certified, earning medical boards in both Occupational/Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine. He received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.
Celia Quinn, M.D., is the executive director of the Bureau of Healthcare System Readiness (BHSR) in New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. She has served in this role since 2015. The BHSR mission is to support the health care system to respond safely and effectively in all emergencies. She is board certified in pediatrics, having completed residency training and a chief residency year in the Residency Program for Social Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx; this multidisciplinary training program is focused on social determinants of health, primary care, and advocacy. After completing her pediatric training, Ms. Quinn joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemic intelligence service officer and was assigned for 2 years to the Ohio Department of Health. She is currently a CDC career epidemiology field officer assigned to NYC DOHMH, and is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.
Linda Rudolph, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute’s (PHI’s) Center for Climate Change and Public Health. She is also the principal investigator on a PHI project to advance the integration of Health in All Policies in local jurisdictions around California.
Previously, Dr. Rudolph served as the deputy director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health Promotion for the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH’s) Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health and as the health officer and public health director for the City of Berkeley, California. While at CDPH, Dr. Rudolph chaired the Strategic Growth Council Health in All Policies Task Force and the California Climate Action Team Public Health Work Group.
Dr. Rudolph has also been the chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, executive medical director for the Industrial Medical Council, staff physician in the CDPH Occupational Health program, and a physician for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers’ International Union. Dr. Rudolph holds an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her M.D. and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. She is board certified in occupational medicine.
Jeffrey Thompson, M.D., is the executive advisor and chief executive officer (CEO) emeritus at Gundersen Health System. Dr. Thompson is a trained pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, and served as Gundersen’s CEO from 2001 to 2016. After completing his professional training in 1984, Dr. Thompson came to Gundersen with a desire to care for patients and be a leader among his peers. He served on Gundersen’s boards beginning in 1992 and was board chair from 2001 to 2014. Dr. Thompson also served as the executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and played a key role in the organization’s negotiations and governance design.
A founding member and past board chair of both the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and the AboutHealth™ network, and a White House Champion of Change, Dr. Thompson has led Gundersen’s nationally recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement, and sustainability. Dr. Thompson has certifications in pediatric critical care, neonatal and perinatal medicine, and pediatrics. He received his medical training at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, University of California, Davis, and Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Thompson has authored and been featured in a number of articles, book chapters, and abstracts on many health care, leadership, and sustainability topics.
Fletcher Wilkinson, M.S., is the climate change program coordinator at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP). He has experience with climate and energy policy at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Alongside his role at ITEP, he works with tribal and rural governments in the southwest on energy issues, including renewable energy development and policy creation. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a master’s in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University.