Expert Participants

Mary Lee

Mary Lee, Deputy Director, helps guide the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, and provides technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, Mary is a practicing attorney with more than 25 years of experience using civil Read More…

Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton is Assistant Professor in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States. Her current scholarship considers the transformation of domestic social programs and urban policing after the Civil Rights Read More…

Jason Beaubien

Jason Beaubien is NPR’s Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk. In this role, he reports on a range of health issues across the world. He’s covered mass circumcision drives in Kenya, abortion in El Salvador, poisonous gold mines in Nigeria, drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar and tuberculosis in Tajikistan. He was part of Read More…

Ayesha Raza Farooq

Ayesha Raza Farooq is a Pakistani politician and the Prime Minister’s Focal Point for Polio Eradication. She was indirectly elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan on a reserved seats for women from Punjab in the Pakistani general election, 2013. She was elected to the Senate of Pakistan on a reserved seat for women in Read More…

Mike McGovern

Mike McGovern joined Rotary in 1986 as a member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA. He has served as club president, district 7780 governor, district foundation chair, Rotarian Action Group chair, international training leader, RI committee member and chair, trustee and vice chair of the Rotary Foundation, and director and vice Read More…

Jalaa’ Abdelwahab

Jalaa’ Abdelwahab who has spent the past 15 years dedicated to eradicating polio—including significant time in the field in Egypt, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan—with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Today, Jalaa’ serves as Senior Health Advisor and Deputy to the Global Polio Team Leader Read More…

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy was EPA Administrator from July 2013 to January 2017.  Originally appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Read More…

Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein is the Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital. In his work at the Center, Dr. Bernstein examines the human health effects of global environmental changes, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, with the aim of promoting Read More…

Karen Smith

On March 23, 2015, Karen Smith, MD, MPH, was sworn in as director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer. Dr. Smith is a physician specializing in infectious disease and public health. Prior to her appointment, Smith served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health Read More…

Ann Klee

Ms. Ann R. Klee has been Vice President of Environment,Health & Safety of General Electric Company since February 2008. Ms. Klee served as Vice President of Corporate Environmental Programmes at General Electric Company since February 1, 2008. Ms. Klee’s practice covers all aspects of environmental law and policy, including legislation, regulatory developments, general counseling and Read More…