National Advisory Board Members

Michael Botticelli

Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine - Boston Medical Center

Michael Botticelli is one of the nation’s leading addiction experts, and served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama. He was the first person to hold the position who was also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and who came from a public health background. Mr. Botticelli also previously served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the field. Born in Upstate New York, Mr. Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University.

Steven Gravely

Partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP

Mr. Gravely focuses his practice in the areas of health law, information privacy and cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness and response issues for critical infrastructure industries. He has represented healthcare organizations for over 20 years in a full spectrum of healthcare legal issues. Mr. Gravely is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States (CIPP/US). He has served as advisor on numerous initiatives related to emergency preparedness and health information exchanges. Mr. Gravely has authored numerous whitepapers and articles on key emergency preparedness issues, as well as health data privacy risks. 

Howard Koh

Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also Co-Chair of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.  In these roles, he advances leadership education and training. From 2009-2014, Dr. Koh served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Koh graduated from Yale College, where he was President of the Yale Glee Club, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as chief resident in both hospitals. He has earned board certification in four medical fields: internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and dermatology, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University.

Rebecca Morley

Strategic Consultant, Healthy Homes and Communities

Rebecca Morley is a passionate advocate for safe, healthy, and vibrant communities—and the opportunities that they offer America’s children and families. A seasoned expert in public health and in housing, Ms. Morley leads a strategic consulting firm that facilitates and bridges health and community development institutions to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity for health and prosperity.  Most recently, she was the Director of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts focused on improving health equity through the use of health impact assessment and related tools. Previously, Ms. Morley served as the executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating healthy and safe housing for children. A graduate of Achieving Excellence, a joint leadership program of NeighborWorks America and Harvard University, she is a skilled in collaborative leadership and in designing programs to achieve measurable outcomes. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Karin Schwartz

Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for the California Department of Public Health

Karin Schwartz has served as Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH ) since October 2013. Ms. Schwartz came to CDPH from the California Attorney General's Office, where she worked in the Health, Education, and Welfare section for 11 years.  She has represented the State in numerous cases in the state and federal courts, including several cases in the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to joining  the Attorney General's office, Ms. Schwartz was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton and Munger, Tolles & Olson, with a focus on complex litigation, mass torts, intellectual property and appellate litigation. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York from 1994 to 1995. Ms. Schwartz earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. She has authored papers and articles that have appeared in numerous law journals and publications.

Umair Shah

Executive Director, Harris County Public Health and President of the National Association of County & City Health Officials

In May 2013, Dr. Shah was appointed as the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Executive Director and the Local Health Authority for Harris County, Texas. Prior to joining HCPHES, Dr. Shah served as the Chief Medical Officer at the Galveston County  Health  District and  since  1999,  an  emergency  department  physician  at Houston’s well-respected Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Shah earned his B.A. (philosophy) from Vanderbilt University and  his  Medical  Degree  from  the  University  of Toledo  Health  Science  Center.  During  his  training,  he completed  an  international  health  policy internship  at  the  World  Health  Organization  in  Geneva, Switzerland.  He  then completed his  Internal  Medicine  residency,  Primary  Care/General  Medicine fellowship  and Master’s in Public  Health  (M.P.H. focus  in management  &  policy  sciences) at  The University  of  Texas  Health  Science  Center.  During  his  fellowship  training,  his  clinical  concentration centered on patients with HIV/AIDS.

Joshua Sharfstein

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Dr. Sharfstein came to Johns Hopkins in 2015 after serving as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2016, Dr. Sharfstein was named inaugural director of the school's Bloomberg American Health Initiative, which was launched in September with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this role, he will work with the faculty, leadership of the school and university, the Bloomberg Philanthropies, and many others to build the structure and process that will be the foundation for this new public health initiative. He was previously the principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Baltimore City's commissioner of health, and a health policy advisor for former Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

Joaquin Tamayo

National Director of the Kind Schools Project, Stand for Children

Joaquin Tamayo started his career in education as a high school teacher, was in the first class of New Leaders principals, and then served as the founding principal of the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law high school in New York. He then served as Assistant Director of the Aspen Institute’s Education and Society Program and subsequently went to work for the Obama Administration, where he served on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and, ultimately, as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education. In his current role with Stand for Children, an education advocacy organization, Mr. Tamayo heads an initiative to improve school climates and reduce suspensions.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom

Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer at the Henry Ford Health System

Dr. Wisdom MD, MS, is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s and the nation’s First State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Since 1987 she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Medical Education and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health. Dr. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. Dr. Wisdom is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.