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.

Barbara Ferrer

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Dr. Ferrer, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., is a nationally known public health leader with over 30 years of experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. In her current role at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Ferrer works to protect the health of LA County’s more than 10 million residents. Most recently, Dr. Ferrer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program-related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas, including food, health, and well-being.

Steven Gravely

Strategic and Legal Advisor to Healthcare Organizations, the Gravely Group

Formerly a partner at Troutman Sanders, Mr. Gravely focused 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.

Scott Hall

Senior Vice President for Civic and Community Initiatives, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Scott Hall is the Senior Vice President for Civic and Community Initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a business association representing more than 2,000 organizations throughout metropolitan Kansas City. In his role at the KC Chamber, Scott is engaged in day-to-day work on the KC Chamber’s Big 5 initiatives – five big ideas to make Greater Kansas City the best place to live, work, start and grow a business. He also oversees the work on the KC Chamber’s “Healthy KC” project, an initiative in partnership with more than 150 Kansas City area organizations to make Greater Kansas City a destination for healthy living. Since its launch in 2015, the Healthy KC initiative has worked with more than 200 area organizations to implement best-practice workplace wellness policies, created a region-wide program to make Greater Kansas City “trauma-informed,” and successfully partnered with 25 local governments to raise the age of purchase and sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and related paraphernalia, to 21. This project, Tobacco21|KC, now covers nearly 1.5 million area residents and is projected to save thousands of lives over the next decade from death due to tobacco use.

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.

John T. Monahan

Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives to the President of Georgetown University

John T. Monahan is a Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia and a Senior Fellow at its McCourt School of Public Policy. In this role, Monahan develops and advances university-wide initiatives in global health and related areas; teaches global health courses in the schools of foreign service, law, and nursing; and co-chairs the Lancet-Georgetown Commission on Global Health and Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Advisory Committee of the Fogarty International Center at NIH.    

Monahan has held senior leadership roles in government, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and academia, including the United State Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Capitol Hill, Clinton-Gore campaign, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  He has focused on the challenges of managing complex health, social service, and development issues and programs affecting low-income and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad. 

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. 

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.

Joaquin Tamayo

Education Changemaker & Senior Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel LLC

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. He has also worked with Stand for Children, an education advocacy organization, heading an initiative to improve school climates and reduce suspensions. Currently he is a Senior Policy Advisor at EducationCounsel, leading projects related to advancing the science of learning and development to drive equity, improvement, and excellence in US public education.

Aaron Wernham

Chief Executive Officer of the Montana HealthCare Foundation

Dr. Wernham, M.D., M.S., a family physician with over 10 years in clinical practice, brings public health, medical practice, and philanthropy to the job of providing overall direction and leadership in his role at the Montana HealthCare Foundation. Previously, Dr. Wernham served as faculty in the Contra Costa County family medicine program in California and provided primary care in remote Alaska Native and rural Alaskan communities. Dr. Wernham also founded and directed the Health Impact Project, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts that makes grants and conducts policy-relevant research on American’s health.

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.