Donna E. Levin, J.D., serves as Project Director for the Network’s Act for Public Health Initiative, a collaborative working group that provides resources, technical assistance, and training to help push back against attempts to limit the authority and ability of health officials to protect the health of communities. In this role, Donna leads and coordinates work across the Network’s five Region Offices, as well as with collaborative partners.
Donna was national director of the Network from 2014 to 2022, where she oversaw organizational strategy and operations. Before joining the Network, Donna spent 26 years as general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she had oversight of Office of General Counsel and led her team in providing guidance on statutory and regulatory authority, the development of major policy initiatives of the Department, and legislation affecting public health.
Donna’s work has been in the areas of newborn screening; genetics and privacy laws; health insurance consumer protections; biotechnology; emergency public health response; public health aspects of health care and health care cost reform; and medical use of marijuana. She has authored numerous articles and presented on many of these topics.
Donna has been an adjunct professor of public health law at Suffolk University School of Law, and was a lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ Committee on Guidance for Establishing Standards of Care in Disaster Situations. Donna received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and was a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Steering Committee.