The CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security aims to chart a bold vision for the future of U.S. leadership in global health security, at home and abroad.

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Commission Members


Kelly Ayotte
Former Senator (R-NH)

Kelly Ayotte served in the United States Senate, representing New Hampshire from 2011-2017, where she chaired the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. In 2017, Ayotte led the team assisting Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in his confirmation process. Previously, Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General from 2004-2009.

Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., MPH
Merck & Co, Inc.

Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck, where she is responsible for patient engagement, communications, policy, philanthropic and other functions. She joined Merck in 2010 as president of Merck Vaccines. Dr. Gerberding previously served as Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009.


U.S. Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera represents California’s 7th Congressional District. Rep. Bera serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, including as Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Bera practiced medicine, served as Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, directed care management at a seven-hospital system, and taught medicine at the University of California, Davis.

U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks represents the Fifth District of Indiana and uses her background as a former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis and U.S. Attorney to improve jobs, health and homeland security. She serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she focuses on mental health, substance abuse, biodefense and telecommunications issues. She is a member of the Health, the Communications and Technology, and the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole

Congressman Tom Cole is the current representative from the 4th district of Oklahoma. Presently serving in his ninth term, Congressman Cole was elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, he is recognized as an advocate for taxpayers and small business, a proponent for a strong national defense, and a leader in promoting biomedical research.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, is a social innovator and global health problem-solver who has been both a human rights lawyer and internet pioneer. Before joining PATH, Steve was director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, CEO of the global digital media firm Corbis, and interim director of the Infectious Disease Research Institute.

Ambassador Mark Dybul
Georgetown University Medical Center

Ambassador Mark Dybul is the faculty director of the Center for Global Health and Quality at the Georgetown University Medical Center, which seeks to work with international partners to respond to pressing global health challenges. A well-recognized global health expert and humanitarian, Dybul has served as head of both the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR.

U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is the current representative from California’s 18th district. For over two decades in Congress, she has defended consumers, promoted American competitiveness and innovation, fought for access to health care for families and children, protected the environment, and encouraged development of clean energy technology. Congresswoman Eshoo is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and current Chair of the Health Subcommittee.

Tom Frieden
Resolve to Save Lives

Tom Frieden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system. Dr. Frieden was Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2017.

Admiral Jonathan Greenert
U.S. Navy (former)

Admiral Jonathan Greenert is the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). At NBR, Admiral Greenert informs debates on critical issues in the Asia-Pacific. He previously served as the 30th chief of naval operations from 2011 to 2015.

Jim Greenwood
Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Jim Greenwood is President and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C. BIO represents 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 countries worldwide. Greenwood previously represented Pennsylvania's Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005.

General Carter Ham
U.S. Army (former)

General Carter Ham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army. He is an experienced leader who has led at every level from platoon to geographic combatant command. He is also a member of a very small group of Army senior leaders who have risen from private to four-star general.

Margaret "Peggy" Hamburg
National Academy of Medicine

Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg is the foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and 2018 president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Hamburg previously served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 2009 to 2015.

Rebecca Hersman

Rebecca Hersman directs the CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues and is a senior adviser for the International Security Program. Ms. Hersman joined CSIS in April 2015 from the Department of Defense (DOD), where she served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD) since 2009.

Ambassador Karl Hofmann
Population Services International

Ambassador Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI), a non-profit global health organization based in Washington, D.C. PSI operates in over 50 countries worldwide, with programs in family planning and reproductive health, malaria, water and sanitation, HIV, and non-communicable diseases. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years.

Laura S. H. Holgate, Ambassador (ret.)
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Ambassador Laura Holgate is the Vice President for Materials Risk Management at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previously, she served as U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction on the National Security Council.

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (former)

Ambassador Jimmy Kolker is a non-resident senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. He retired in January 2017 as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the Department’s chief health diplomat. His 30-year State Foreign Service career included ambassador posts in Burkina Faso and Uganda.

Trevor Mundel
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Trevor Mundel is the president of the Global Health Division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s efforts to develop high-impact interventions against the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. Previously, Trevor was global head of development with Novartis.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray is the senior Senator from the state of Washington. Serving as a member of Senate Democratic leadership since 2007, Senator Murray has established herself as a tireless and effective leader on education, transportation, budget issues, port security, healthcare, women, and veterans’ issues. She is currently Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Christine Wormuth
RAND Corporation

Christine Wormuth is the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, she was director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience at the Atlantic Council and Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP) at the U.S. Department of Defense.

U.S. Senator Todd Young

Senator Todd Young represents Hoosiers in the United States Senate. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Foreign Relations; Commerce, Science, & Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Juan Zarate
CSIS and Financial Integrity Network

Juan Zarate is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network, and a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School.

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Experts and Advisors

Beth Cameron
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Beth Cameron is the Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), where she leads NTI | bio’s efforts to reduce global catastrophic biological risks, advance international biosecurity capability, and improve pandemic preparedness. She previously helped develop and launch the Global Health Security Agenda when she served on the National Security Council staff.

Rocco Casagrande
Gryphon Scientific

Rocco Casagrande is the Managing Director of Gryphon Scientific and a widely respected thought leader on defense against weapons of mass destruction and managing the safety and security risks of cutting-edge biological research. Dr. Casagrande began his public-sector career as a U.N. weapons inspector in pre-war Iraq where he led the U.N.'s biological analysis laboratories.

Amanda Glassman
Center for Global Development

Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health. Previously, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and principal technical lead for health and other positions at the Inter-American Development Bank for 14 years.

Tom Inglesby
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Tom Inglesby is the Director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Inglesby is also Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Joint Appointment in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Jennifer Kates
Kaiser Family Foundation

Jennifer Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics.

Rebecca Katz
Georgetown University

Rebecca Katz is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she spent ten years at The George Washington University as faculty in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Her research is focused on global health security, public health preparedness and health diplomacy.

Jeremy Konyndyk
Center for Global Development

Jeremy Konyndyk is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research focuses on humanitarian response, USAID policy reform, and global outbreak preparedness. He previously served in the Obama Administration from 2013-2017 as the director of USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he led the US government’s response to international disasters.

David A. Relman
Stanford University

David A. Relman is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology & Immunology, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California.

Jeffrey L. Sturchio
Rabin Martin

Jeffrey L. Sturchio is President & CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health strategy consulting firm. Jeff is a global health thought leader and trusted counselor for senior leaders in the private sector, multilateral organizations, governments, NGOs and foundations.

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J. Stephen Morrison

J. Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of its Global Health Policy Center. Dr. Morrison writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance.

Anna Carroll

Anna Carroll is an associate fellow for global health security with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center. Before joining CSIS, Anna contributed to global advocacy efforts for polio eradication at the United Nations Foundation and spent several years at NASTAD, partnering with foreign governments to strengthen national HIV case surveillance systems.

Samantha Stroman

Samantha Stroman is a program coordinator and research assistant with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, with a focus on global health security.