Dr. Leah Devlin Named Chair of the CDC Foundation’s Board of Directors

Leah Devlin, DDS, MPH, has been named Chair of the CDC Foundation Board of Directors. Devlin joined the board in 2012. She is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leah Devlin, CDC Foundation Board Chair“Since joining our board seven years ago, Leah has made incredible contributions to the CDC Foundation,” said Judith Monroe, MD, president and chief executive officer of the CDC Foundation. “Leah’s passion for public health shines through in all of her efforts. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Leah as we act with our board members, staff, donors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to save and improve lives in America and across the globe.”

Devlin has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice in the state of North Carolina and served as state health director from 2001 to 2009. She previously was deputy state health director and health director for Wake County, N.C. Additionally, Devlin has served as a consultant to RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.; the Milbank Memorial Fund; and the Aspen Institute.

“It is an incredible honor to serve in this role given the CDC Foundation’s innovative efforts to bring together public and private partners who care deeply about improving health at home and abroad,” said Devlin. “The strength of the board and the outstanding leadership of Dr. Monroe, her team and CDC experts keep us laser focused on the greater health impact we can all achieve together.”

Devlin also has served as president of three active public health organizations—the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, North Carolina Public Health Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In addition to her service as board chair of the CDC Foundation, Devlin is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health Advisory Council, Campbell University, and the NC Healthcare Foundation.

Devlin earned her bachelor’s degree, doctor of dental surgery degree and master’s in public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the School of Public Health's honor society. In 2008, she received the University’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Devlin succeeds Douglas Nelson, retired president and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, as chair of the CDC Foundation’s Board of Directors.