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Board Members

Douglas W. Nelson - Chair

Retired President and CEO
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD
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Douglas W. Nelson is the retired president  and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a former member of its Board of Trustees. He is nationally known for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of family-centered, community-based responses to the needs of at-risk children and vulnerable families. Nelson currently serves as co-chair of Living Cities: the National Community Development Initiative; co-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Inc; and a member of the Board of the National Academy on Aging. Douglas was named board chair of the CDC Foundation in October 2014.

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David Aldridge - Treasurer

Retired CFO and EVP
Superior Essex, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
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David Aldridge is the retired chief financial officer and executive vice president for Superior Essex Inc. (SPSX), a $2.5 billion global wire and cable manufacturing company. He served in this position for more than 25 years. Prior to Superior Essex, he served seven years in public accounting, reaching the level of senior manager with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG). Aldridge is a graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Oakland, CA
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Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., is Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for community benefit, research and health policy. As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s national executive team, Baxter leads the organization’s activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship and support for community-based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy and diversity, and serves as president of Kaiser Permanente International. Baxter has a long and distinguished career in public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Gary Cohen

Executive Vice President
President, Global Health and Development
Franklin Lakes, NJ
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Gary Cohen is executive vice president and president, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a global medical technology company with $12 billion in global revenues and 45,000 employees operating in 180 countries. He has served as an executive officer of the company since 1996. He is board co-chair of GBCHealth and a board director of the Perrigo Company, US Fund for UNICEF and Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Gary served as board chair of the CDC Foundation from 2010—2014. BD and Gary are engaged across the public, private and NGO sectors to address unmet global health needs. He serves as an advocate and expert speaker on global health, child immunization, HIV/AIDS and health system strengthening. Gary founded Together for Girls, a partnership to end violence against children. He has been honored by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, the US Fund for UNICEF, the Nyumbani Home for orphaned HIV positive children and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Gary holds a BA and MBA from Rutgers University.

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Leah Devlin, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC
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Leah Devlin, D.D.S., M.P.H., is professor of the practice of health policy and management at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Devlin was State Health Director from 2001 to 2009 and previously was deputy state health director and health director for Wake County. She has served as president of three active state organizations – the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, North Carolina Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Devlin received her dental degree and master's degree in public health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2008, she received the University’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Matt James

Visiting Scholar
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA
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Matt James is currently a visiting scholar of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. As a visiting scholar, James will conduct research and convene key leaders in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and media communities to discuss opportunities for collaboration and design projects and campaigns to help advance efforts to address climate change. Before this role, James served as the president and CEO of Next Generation, where he promoted solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans: the risk of dangerous climate change and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Prior to co-founding Next Generation, he was an integral part of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s leadership team for 20 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. Before joining Kaiser, he worked in national politics as a senior aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas, and Representative Morris K. Udall of Arizona. Matt was appointed by President Clinton to the board of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, is past-chairman of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and serves on the President’s Advisory Board of the National Wildlife Federation.

Ruth Katz, J.D., M.P.H.

Director, Health, Medicine and Society Program
The Aspen Institute
Washington, D.C.
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Ruth Katz, J.D., M.P.H is the director of The Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society (HMS) Program. Prior to The Aspen Institute, Katz served as chief public health counsel with the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, she was the Walter G. Ross professor of health policy of the School of Public Health and Health Services at The George Washington University. Before joining George Washington University, Katz was associate dean for administration at the Yale University School of Medicine. From 1982 to 1995, she served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, Katz was the director of public health programs at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; the Democrat nominee for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives; and counsel to the advisory committee on Tobacco Policy and Public Health, chaired by Drs. C. Everett Koop and David Kessler.

Phil Kent

Former Chairman and CEO
Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (TBS)
Cambridge, MA
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Phil Kent is retired chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.). He was responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group. His career at TBS, Inc. also includes broad international experience as president of Turner Broadcasting System International (TBSI).

Betty King

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva
New York, NY
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Betty King is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva from 2010 to 2013. King served as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  In that capacity, she worked on human rights, development, children, aging and population issues.  She represented the United States interests in a wide range of issues including development, population, refugees, HIV/AIDs, the environment, women, children and the aged, and in the participation of non-governmental organizations in that inter-governmental body. King was the principal U.S. negotiator on the Millennium Development Goals, eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. She has an extensive background in philanthropy, having served in senior leadership roles at several large foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the California Endowment and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Charles H. "Pete" McTier

Retired Trustee and Past President
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead
Foundation and Lettie Pate Evans Foundation
Atlanta, GA
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Charles H. McTier is a retired trustee and past president of the Robert W. Woodruff, Joseph B. Whitehead, and Lettie Pate Evans Foundations. McTier has been associated with these foundations for more than 35 years. Active in regional and national foundation associations, he served as chairman of The Foundation Center Board of Trustees, vice chairman of the Council on Foundations and chairman of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. For nine years he was a Commissioner of the Joint Commission on Accreditations of Health Care Organizations. He is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and currently serves as a Goizueta Executive Fellow.

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Dikembe Mutombo

Chairman and President
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
Atlanta, GA
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Dikembe Mutombo is the chairman and president of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which he established in 1997 to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo. A graduate of Georgetown University, with dual degrees in linguistics and diplomacy, Mutombo played professional basketball for 18 years before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009. In 2007 the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital—a 170-bed, $29 million hospital located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo—in memory of his mother. Closer to home, Mutombo devotes much of his time to charitable causes, which include Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Christmas toy drive, Hosea Feed the Hungry, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and making personal appearances at local schools.

David Ratcliffe - Secretary

Retired Chairman, President and CEO
Southern Company
Atlanta, GA
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David Ratcliffe is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Having worked with Southern Company and its subsidiaries since 1971, Ratcliffe became president, CEO and chairman of Southern Company in 2004. In addition to the CDC Foundation, he currently serves on the boards of CSX Transportation, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, SunTrust and Urjanet and is a member of the Georgia Bar Association. Ratcliffe received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Valdosta State University and a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

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John G. Rice

Vice Chairman - GE
President and CEO, GE Technology Infrastructure
Hong Kong
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John G. Rice is vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Technology Infrastructure. Rice began his General Electric career in 1978. In 2000, Rice was named president and CEO of GE Energy. He was named vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Industrial in 2005 and was named vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Infrastructure in 2006. Rice earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees there. Rice is also a trustee of Emory University and the Walker School, is on the International Advisory Board of King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and is past chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

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Board Chair Emeriti

Gary Cohen - Board Chair 2010-2014

Executive Vice President, BD
Acting CEO, GBCHealth

Philip S. Jacobs - Board Chair 2005-2010

The Pendleton Consulting Group

Kent C. "Oz" Nelson - Board Chair 2001-2005

Retired Chair and CEO
United Parcel Service, Inc.

Bernard Marcus - Board Chair 1998-2001

Chairman, The Marcus Foundation
Co-founder and Director Emeritus, The Home Depot, Inc.

Margaret E. Mahoney* - Board Chair 1996-1998

Former President
MEM Associates, Inc.
* deceased

T. Marshall Hahn Jr., Ph.D. - Board Chair 1994-1996

Retired Chairman and CE
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
* deceased

Advisors to the Board

Phil Jacobs

Founding Partner
The Pendelton Consulting Group

Hazel A. D. Sanger, CFA

Senior Director, Account Management
Mellon Private Wealth Management

Kathleen Spencer

Retired CFO
YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Peter A. Tartikoff

Retired CFO
American Cancer Society

Marni Vliet

Marni Vliet Strategy

Susan Ward

United Parcel Service

Robert Yellowlees

Retired Chairman
Global Payments, Inc. and NDC Health Corporation

Selection of Past Board Members

J. Veronica Biggins

Managing Partner
Diversified Search

Carlos Dominguez

President and COO

James W. Down

Former Vice Chairman
Mercer Management Consulting

Richard W. Edelman

President and CEO

William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H.

Former CDC Director
Founding CDC Foundation Board Member

George E. Hardy Jr., M.D., M.P.H., EIS ‘66

Retired Executive Director
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

James Hagedorn

Chairman and CEO
The Scotts Company

Michelle Hooper

Managing Partner and Founder
The Directors’ Council

Donald R. Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H., EIS Hon '85

Vice President, Health Programs
The Carter Center

Bob Jeffrey

Chairman & CEO - Worldwide

Andrew R. Klepchick, Jr.

Principal, Homrich Berg

Julius R. Krevans, M.D.

Chancellor Emeritus
University of California at San Francisco Medical Center School of Medicine
* deceased

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute,
Center of Excellence on Health Disparities,
Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health,
Morehouse School of Medicine;
16th Surgeon General of the United States

Marni T. Vliet

Marni Vliet Strategy

Robert Yellowlees

Retired Chairman
Global Payments, Inc. and NDC Health Corporation

Andrew J. Young

Andrew J. Young Foundation