Lawyer Detail

Donald Benken

Deputy Director & Senior Public Health Analyst

Public Health Law Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4770 Buford Highway NE
MS E-70 
Atlanta, GA 30341


Areas of Expertise

  • Chronic Disease
  • Public Health Agency Structure, Organization & Accreditation

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Don Benken is a Senior Public Health Advisor and Deputy Director in the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PHLP conducts research and provides resources to state, local, territorial and tribal public health practitioners and their legal counsel. Don has been with CDC 26 years (2015) and with the Public Health Law Program for the past nine years. Before joining the PHLP, Don served as the Deputy Director for the National Center for Environmental Health, Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response where he directed CDC’s field operations for environmental health emergencies including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and coordinated CDC’s remediation efforts in New Orleans. Don has served the CDC as the agency’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Officer, contributed to an increase in agency resources while serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs and provided oversight to grantees in the nation’s largest school districts as a Project Officer in the Division of Adolescent and School Health. 

Prior to joining CDC, Don had diverse professional experiences that included firefighting, sound engineer, game warden, research assistant and grant project director in a family practice residency. His passion outside of CDC is coaching baseball and on Friday night in the fall you will find him officiating high school football in Georgia. 

Don earned a M.P.H. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a J.D. from the College of Law at Georgia State University.  He is a member of the Georgia Bar.