Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD,  was appointed as the 17th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on July 7, 2017.

Dr. Fitzgerald previously served as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and state health officer from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. Fitzgerald, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has practiced medicine for three decades. As Georgia DPH Commissioner, Dr. Fitzgerald oversaw various state public health programs and directed the state’s 18 public health districts and 159 county health departments. Prior to that, Dr. Fitzgerald held numerous leadership positions. She served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she worked as a health care policy advisor with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.     

Dr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

Gary H. Gibbons

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. He was also a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE), a working group of the NHLBAC.

Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta.

Under his leadership of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Gibbons directed NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Gibbons received several patents for innovations derived from his research in the fields of vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases.

Gibbons earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Gibbons was a member of the faculty at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., from 1990-1996, and at Harvard Medical School from 1996-1999. 

Throughout his career, Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Don Wright

Don Wright, MD, MPH, was named Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 10, 2017. The Assistant Secretary for Health leads development of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations, oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General – and 11 advisory committees.

Dr. Wright is also the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), a position he has held since January 3, 2012.

From 2007 to 2009, he was the HHS Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. During this time, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the alternate U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization Executive Board.

As director of ODPHP, Dr. Wright leads the coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. ODPHP is responsible for Healthy People program, a framework for public health priorities and actions laid out in a comprehensive set of 10-year national health objectives, as well as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Guidelines for Americans. Currently, Dr. Wright also is serving at the Acting Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Prior to joining ODPHP, Dr. Wright served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Healthcare Quality. Earlier, he was Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he built strong governmental and non-governmental partnerships addressing safety and health.

Dr. Wright received an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, a medical degree from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his family medicine residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Brad Smallwood

Brad Smallwood leads Facebook’s Measurement and Insights group, responsible for analyzing and optimizing the online and offline impact of Facebook’s advertising. Smallwood works with the world’s largest brands and agencies both to measure advertising effectiveness and to improve the relevance of ad campaigns to Facebook users. Advertisers his team works with range from direct-response marketers interested in driving immediate consumer actions, to brand marketers looking to understand offline ROI as well as affect more long-term attitudinal changes in consumers (e.g. brand awareness metrics). In addition to ad effectiveness measurement, Smallwood oversees the day-to-day management of Facebook’s worldwide ad inventory including pricing, inventory controls, and running of Facebook’s marketplace.

Smallwood has over 20 years of experience developing and running both on and offline marketplaces. Prior to joining Facebook, he was General Manager of Yahoo’s multi-billion dollar display advertising business. While there, he worked to introduce several third-party demand channels to help strengthen the industry-leading Yahoo marketplace, including the acquisition of Right Media. Prior to Yahoo, Smallwood worked at startups Namezero, AllAdvantage, and Revcube, where he developed a series of state-of-the-art ad targeting and ad serving techniques. These techniques include the first behavioral targeting system, along with an integrated platform for online campaign management across search, display, email, creative, and landing page optimization. Before this, Smallwood was one of the early innovators in the pricing space, developing and running the pricing and revenue management systems for a variety of industries including airlines, hotels, and shipping.

Swin Cash

Swin Cash may be a highly decorated professional athlete, but there is more to her than points and rebounds. Swin, whose name Swintayla means “astounding woman,” is the founder of Swin Cash Enterprises LLC and the founder of Cash Building Blocks, LP, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low income families. As if that weren’t enough, the McKeesport, Pennsylvania native, is the founder of Cash for Kids, a 501 (c) (3) charity with the mission to “motivate, educate, & elevate” kids. Through Cash for Kids, Swin has helped thousands of children across the nation and around the world, with a particular focus on fitness, leadership and service. 

Selected as the number two overall pick in the 2002 draft, it didn't take long for Swin to rack up awards and accolades. She is a five time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA All-Star MVP, and a three time WNBA Champion. Swin also is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and was voted 'Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year' in both 2003 and 2007. Swin was recently honored by the WNBA as one of the top 20 Greatest and Most Influential Players in League History. Swin has played professional basketball for three seasons in China and with WNBA teams in Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. With the WNBA teams Swin played forward and wore number 32. The 2016 WNBA season as a member of the New York Liberty was her 15th and final year as a professional basketball player. Following her illustrious playing career, Swin accepted a job in the New York Liberty’s front office as Director of Franchise Development, a first-of-its-kind role in the league that sees her assisting with both business and basketball operations. She became just the second former player in WNBA history to immediately assume a front office position, and is the first to take on a role supporting both business and basketball goals. 

When not playing basketball, Swin pursues her other career as a sports journalist and on-air commentator and analyst for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Turner and MSG Networks. Swin is presently a commentator on CBS Sports’ “We Need to Talk,” which is the first national all-female sports show. Swin is also Host of MSG Network’s “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” and In-Studio Analyst for “New York Knicks Game Day.” 

Swin Cash is a much sought-after Public Speaker who has addressed topics of: Leadership, Teamwork, Overcoming Adversity (cancer, back surgery), Health and Fitness, Fashion, Women’s Issues, and Children’s Issues. She is the author of Humble Journey, More Precious than Gold, a recounting of her eventful journey through her professional and personal life and her discovery of why the lessons she learned are more precious than the medals she’s earned. Swin’s true passion is public service and philanthropy. She has served as an Envoy for U.S. State Department in their work with children in various countries and she has served as an Envoy for NBA Africa & NBA India. She has also devoted her time to serving as a Mentor to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships as well as the White House Fatherhood Initiative. 

Swin has spent over a decade with the WNBPA on the executive committee advocating for players. She has received an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College for public service, and multiple awards and honor of recognition such as History Makers Awardee, Smithsonian - Heinz History Center, Alumnae Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, March of Dimes New York 2016 Sportswoman of the year award and the 2016 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Swin has been awarded multiple WNBA's Care Community Assist Award’s for her extensive outreach efforts. Cash enjoys talking to young people, encouraging them to believe in themselves, to achieve their goals and to become leaders in their communities. This, she believes, leads to self-confidence, self-development and is essential to helping kids “get in the game” of life. 

Meredith Aronson

Meredith Aronson is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the National Fitness Foundation. In this role, Meredith leads the development and execution of strategic relationships in support of the Foundation’s mission to prepare children for a lifetime of health & fitness. 

Prior to her role at the Foundation, Meredith served for five years as the Senior Fellow for Strategic Partnerships and Communications at the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition under the Obama Administration. Working with hundreds of school, community, sports, corporate, and media organizations across the country, Meredith led partnerships in service to the President's Council's national vision for all American's to lead active, healthy lives. In this capacity, Meredith worked closely with White House on numerous programs, events, and activities in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. Additionally, Meredith contributed to the development, launch and implementation of national programs that impact tens of millions of Americans - the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools, and the #0to60 Campaign.

In 2015, Meredith was selected as an Aspen Institute: Spotlight Health Scholar and recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award for Georgetown University. Meredith earned a Master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Virginia. Currently, in addition to her Foundation role, Meredith is pursuing an Executive MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business based in Washington, DC.


Lawrence Epstein

Lawrence Epstein serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Zuffa, LLC, which owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. He previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel beginning in August of 2007. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Epstein is responsible for all of Zuffa’s worldwide operations.

Under Epstein’s leadership, Zuffa spearheaded the regulatory effort for the sport of MMA, gaining approval and sanction from the world’s most prestigious regulatory bodies including the Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ontario (Canada), and New South Wales (Australia) Athletic Commissions. As a result of Epstein’s guidance, the UFC has become the fastest growing sports organization in the world.

During his tenure as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Epstein was responsible for Zuffa’s corporate government relations functions including activities before the United States Congress, State Legislatures and governments around the world.

The UFC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, produces more than 45 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Epstein has directed much of the Company’s international expansion and, as a result, the UFC has shattered box office records across the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Japan and Brazil. He was also instrumental in establishing television distribution agreements around the world with leading broadcasters such as Globo, Televisa, FOX International, and BT sports.

In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Broadcast Networks. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which airs on FOX Sports 1.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries and territories, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a videogame franchise with Electronic Arts (EA), UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club® affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, Octagon ™ branded apparel and Topps Trading Cards. Primary sponsors with the UFC include Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Dodge, MetroPCS and Harley-Davidson.

Epstein also spearheaded the UFC’s launch of UFC Fight Pass™, a new and innovative digital subscription service that delivers a minimum of 10 exclusive live events per year, newly created and exclusive content, and unprecedented on-demand access to the company’s vast MMA video library. UFC Fight Pass has become the premier destination for MMA fans to enjoy hundreds of hours of fights and exclusive content online from their smart TVs, personal computers and mobile devices.

Prior to joining Zuffa, Epstein was a Partner and the President of the Nevada based law firm Beckley Singleton, which joined with Lewis, Rothgerberin 2007. Epstein’s private practice focused on business litigation and encompassed transactional work including contracts relating to MMA, boxing and other entertainment businesses. He is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell and has been featured in numerous publications, including the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Vanderbilt Lawyer magazines and the Sports Business Journal.

Epstein is also the President of IKE Gaming, Inc., the owner of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino. The El Cortez operates over 1,000 slot machines, 20 table games and 354 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Epstein has maintained a non-restricted gaming license in the state of Nevada since 1992.

A life-long resident of Nevada, Epstein has also been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Meadows School, a private non-sectarian pre-K through 12 institution.

Epstein holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the Vanderbilt University School of Law Board of Advisors.

Jane Wargo

Jane Wargo was hired as Program Director of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in November 2012 to lead the development of the school funding program, facilitate program implementation in schools nationwide, and manage the general activities of the program partnership.

Prior to her role with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, she worked for nine years at the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition where she managed federal partnerships and initiatives, the Council’s science board and the Council’s signature President’s Challenge physical activity, fitness, and nutrition awards program.  While at the Council, she co-authored two book chapters addressing the development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, served as co-lead of the activity and fitness work group for Healthy People 2010 and 2020, and led the development and implementation of a federal physical activity challenge to encourage a more active federal workforce.

Jane received her master’s degree in wellness management from Ball State University’s Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology and her undergraduate degree in English from Butler University.  Her two young children strengthen her passion to ensure the presence of quality physical education and health promotion programming in schools.

Patricia Rockenwagner

Patricia (Patti) S. Röckenwagner is the Chief Communications Officer for STX Entertainment and leads the company’s efforts to promote its endeavors in the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of content for film, television, VR, digital video, music video and games.

She previously served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Condé Nast Publications.  In this role, she was responsible for the company’s communications, public relations and corporate positioning strategies, including brand marketing, media relations, employee communications and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining Condé Nast, Röckenwagner was Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at McGraw Hill. Before that, she was Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Paramount Pictures where she directed all communications and public relations, as well as brand development and management for the entertainment studio worldwide.

Previously, Röckenwagner held similar executive communications and marketing roles at Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T Broadband. During her time at Time Warner Cable, she re-launched Time Warner Cable’s Hispanic programming, marketing, events and bundling strategy. For Comcast, she oversaw media strategy and execution for the launches of HDTV, digital phone, DVR, Internet and business services in its west region. At AT&T Broadband, she led communications through its sale to Comcast.

Röckenwagner began her career in politics, serving as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to Senator Tom Hayden, as Legislative Director and Spokesperson to Senator Art Torres, and as Legislative Researcher for Senator Edward Kennedy. She remains active in political and civic affairs.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Röckenwagner was born in Argentina, educated in the United States and Europe, and speaks four languages. She has served on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and supports the Los Angeles Food Bank.

Karen DeSalvo

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a physician who has focused her career toward improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people, especially vulnerable populations, and promoting overall health. She has done this through direct patient care, medical education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. Her commitment to improving the public’s health includes leveraging public-private partnerships to address the social determinants of health through environmental, policy and systems level changes.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, which Dr. DeSalvo directs, oversees 12 core public health offices — including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — as well as 10 regional health offices across the nation and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. The office is charged with leadership in developing policy recommendations as they pertain to public health issues that cut across HHS agencies and operating divisions.

Dr. DeSalvo also remains in her role as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where she continues to set high level policy and the strategic direction of the office, including efforts related to interoperability. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the nation’s health IT efforts to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology, and collectively achieve health information technology interoperability, as a foundational element of better health for everyone in America.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she was Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, and Senior Health Policy Advisor to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, from 2011-2014. While there, she transformed the outmoded health department to one that has since achieved national accreditation and recognition, and restored health care to devastated areas of the city, including leading the establishment of a public hospital.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. DeSalvo was a community leader in building an innovative and award-winning model of neighborhood-based primary care and mental health services for low-income, uninsured and other vulnerable individuals.

Dr. DeSalvo was also a professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. She served as president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the state’s lead for the health information exchange, and the National Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. She has also served on the boards of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. DeSalvo has received many honors, including recognition as a "Woman of Excellence in Health Care" by the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus. In 2013, Governing Magazine named Dr. DeSalvo one of nine Public Officials of the Year. The American Medical Student Association recognized her with a Women’s Leader Award in 2014. Modern Healthcare named her one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders in 2015 and 2016.

Dr. DeSalvo earned her Medical Doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master's in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. She has an honorary doctorate from her alumnus institution, Suffolk University.  She was in the National Health Service Corps Scholarship program, an HHS/HRSA program that supports the development of students pursuing primary care health professions who are committed to working in underserved communities.

Shellie Pfohl

Shellie Pfohl was appointed by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The Council is up to 25 volunteer citizens appointed by the President who are charged with educating, engaging and empowering Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. As Executive Director, she is responsible for developing the vision, strategy, and goals of the Council in consultation with its members, and directing the organization's daily operations. In addition, she leads the Council's efforts to support First Lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! initiative aimed at solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

Prior to joining the Council, Shellie served as Senior Vice President of Partnerships for HOPSports, Inc. where she created strategic partnerships with state, national, and international organizations and corporations seeking health and physical education resources for schools and community organizations.

Shellie also co-founded and served as Executive Director of Be Active North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that works statewide to increase physical activity among North Carolina citizens. While there, she led the implementation of Be Active Kids, a preschool physical activity and nutrition program implemented in over 7,000 childcare centers across North Carolina. She also oversaw the training of more than 40,000 classroom teachers on the implementation of the Healthy Active Children Policy to incorporate physical activity into classroom settings throughout the state. In 2007, Be Active North Carolina was named the best physical activity organization in the nation by the National Association for Health & Fitness.

She was a founding director of Be Active America, a national nonprofit advocacy organization. She also served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health from 1990 to 1998, and was head of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She was also Assistant Director of the National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports for three years (1986-1988), and planned and implemented the first International Conference on Physical Fitness and Nutrition.

In 2007, she received the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award for her exemplary service to North Carolina and the nation. She was a member of the board of the NAHF and was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the Governor's Task Force for Healthy Carolinians and the Fit Families NC Study Committee on Childhood Obesity. She served on the executive committee of the NC Alliance for Health and also served on the board of North Carolina Rail-Trails.

She received her BA in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a MS in Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She also earned a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XIII.

Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, became Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2009. Dr. Frieden has worked to control health threats from infectious diseases, respond to emergencies, and battle the leading causes of suffering and death in our nation and around the world.

As the director of our nation’s health protection agency, he is leading CDC to address these challenging health priorities.

  1. Improving health security at home and around the world – by preparing for, detecting, rapidly responding to and preventing health threats 24/7 to save lives and safeguard communities. These include global disease threats, antimicrobial resistance, foodborne illness and health care-acquired infections.
  2. Reducing the leading causes of death and illness – by focusing on reducing disease that sap the quality of life and longevity of Americans, including tobacco, uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, motor vehicle safety, prescription drug overdoses, and HIV/AIDS.
  3. Strengthening public health & health care collaboration - by aligning, coordinating and integrating public health and health care to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Frieden has intensified the agency’s 24/7 work to save lives and protect people, including:

  • Establishing more effective responses to outbreaks and other health threats at state, local and global levels, including the global effort to eradicate polio forever.
  • Preventing infections from food and in health care facilities with new programs and guidance.
  • Helping Americans to quit smoking, reducing childhood obesity, prevent diabetes, and saving teens and others lives from car crashes through focused programs.
  • Extending life-saving treatment, disease prevention and infection control in more than 50 countries to save lives globally and protect Americans from health threats outside our borders.

Career Highlights

  • As a CDC EIS officer disease detective from 1990-1992, Dr. Frieden conducted many epidemiologic investigations, including outbreaks of measles, typhoid, cryptosporidium, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
  • From 1992-1996, as a CDC assignee, he led New York City’s program that rapidly controlled tuberculosis, including reducing cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by 80 percent.
  • While working in India for five years as a CDC assignee to the World Health Organization, he assisted with national tuberculosis control efforts. The program in India has treated more than 10 million patients and has saved more than three million lives.
  • As Commissioner of the New York City Health Department from 2002-2009, he directed the city’s effort that reduced the number of smokers by 350,000, and reduced teen smoking by half.
  • New York City also became the first place in the United States to eliminate trans-fats from restaurants, leading more than 50 national chains to eliminate transfat from their menus, and require certain restaurants to post calorie information prominently.
  • The New York City health department also established the largest community electronic health records project in the country. It became the model to expand electronic health record use across the nation.
  • Immediately upon his appointment as CDC Director in 2009, Dr. Frieden led the nation’s response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic.
  • Dr. Frieden launched the first-ever national paid anti-tobacco media campaign, CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers, projected to help more than 100,000 smokers quit, saving money and preventing tens of thousands of deaths.
  • He also prioritized CDC’s efforts to reduce infections in healthcare settings, cutting some life-threatening infections by a third or more.
  • Dr. Frieden created CDC’s Vital Signs, a monthly clear-language publication, pointing out today’s most critical health problems, and guiding the public health community and clinical providers to actionable solutions.

A physician with training in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology, Dr. Frieden is especially known for his expertise in tuberculosis control. Dr. Frieden worked for CDC from 1990 until 2002. He began his career at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the New York City Health Department.

Dr. Frieden speaks Spanish and graduated from Oberlin College. He received both his medical degree and master’s of public health degree from Columbia University and completed infectious disease training at Yale University. He has received many awards and honors and has published more than 200 scientific articles.

Gary H. Gibbons

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., is Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.

The NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.

Prior to being named director of the NHLBI, Gibbons served as a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) from 2009-2012. He was also a member of the NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE), a working group of the NHLBAC.

Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served as the founding director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, chairperson of the Department of Physiology, and professor of physiology and medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta.

Under his leadership of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Gibbons directed NIH-funded research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. During his tenure, the Cardiovascular Research Institute emerged as a center of excellence, leading the way in discoveries related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Gibbons received several patents for innovations derived from his research in the fields of vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases.

Gibbons earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 1999, Gibbons was a member of the faculty at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., from 1990-1996, and at Harvard Medical School from 1996-1999.

Throughout his career, Gibbons has received numerous honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences; selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Faculty Development Awardee; selection as a Pew Foundation Biomedical Scholar; and recognition as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Ursula Bauer

Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, is the director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed on January 4, 2010.

“Our top priority in chronic disease prevention is to help create environments that support and sustain health. People in every community should have ready access to safe places to walk and play, to abundant, affordable sources of healthy foods, and to indoor air that is free of tobacco smoke.”

—Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., MPH

Prior to becoming director of NCCDPHP, Dr. Bauer was director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the New York State Department of Health. She was named to that post in March 2008. She provided leadership, vision, and direction to the state’s chronic disease programs and efforts to integrate prevention activities into a focused set of strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease, reduce health care costs, and improve the health of New Yorkers.

Dr. Bauer joined the New York health department in 2001 as the director of its Tobacco Control Program. In that role Dr. Bauer transformed the program into a focused, effective exemplar of tobacco control strategy and practice. She doubled the program’s funding from $43 million to $85 million and implemented key evidence-based policy strategies, including two cigarette excise tax increases and the statewide Clean Indoor Air Act.

Prior to her service in New York, Dr. Bauer worked as a chronic disease epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health and, as a CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, with the Louisiana Office of Public Health. She conducted public health surveillance, led evaluation and research programs, and designed and implemented systems and studies to monitor and demonstrate the impact of public health interventions. She was also an assistant professor at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health.

One of Dr. Bauer’s sentinel publications was an August 2000 JAMA article that documented a 40-percent reduction in smoking among Florida middle school students and an 18-percent drop among the state’s high school students in a 2-year period following implementation of the Florida Pilot Program on Tobacco Control.

Dr. Bauer received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University, an M.P.H. in Family Health from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers, The State University. She is married and has two daughters.

Catherine Zinn

As Orrick’s Chief Client Officer, Catherine helps to ensure that the firm is a steward of our clients’ businesses. Catherine supports Orrick’s commitment to each client’s cause by listening to their views and concerns, responding to their needs, and articulating a shared understanding of priorities.

Among other responsibilities, Catherine meets with clients to solicit their feedback and works with the firm’s client relationship partners and teams to help deliver value added services. She also coordinates the firm’s strategic partnerships with thought leadership and community organizations, also designed to add value for our clients and enhance the firm’s social impact.

Previously, Catherine held senior client relations roles at DLA Piper and at JAMS, the country’s largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services.

Catherine serves on the boards of various organizations including: Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Bay Area Cancer Connections, and Legal Services Sales Organization. In January of 2015, the Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed her to the Board of the National Foundation for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for a six-year term.

In 2008, Catherine served on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, and, beginning in 2011, she served on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee as the National Coordinating Co-Chair of Lawyers for Obama. Currently, she is a Community Liaison for Kamala Harris for Senate.

Catherine was recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and a 2015 Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum. In January of 2015 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum and invited to be an American Leadership Forum Fellow for 2015-2016.

Catherine is a regular speaker on leadership, empowerment for women, and sales coaching. Recent speaking engagements include: “In Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright: Power of Connections” for Breast Cancer Connections, “Women as Rainmakers” for the California Women Lawyers Association, “Women in Negotiation” for Women’s Business Empowerment Day, and “Sales: the New Normal in the Legal Industry” for the Legal Marketing Association.

Catherine was a three-sport varsity athlete in college, tennis instructor, personal trainer, and head coach of a top ranked high-school tennis team in Washington, DC.

Catherine is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Economics. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and eight-year-old son.

Robin Thurston

Robin Thurston is the CEO of Helix, where he is helping build the world’s first personal genomics platform. Most recently, he served as chief digital officer at Under Armour and led the overall strategic direction of the company’s Connected Fitness business. Prior to joining Under Armour, Robin co-founded and built MapMyFitness into one of the world’s largest open fitness tracking platforms.

Robin spent the first ten years of his career building a mutual fund classification and ratings platform at Lipper (a Thomson Reuters Company), as well as a manager risk and compensation platform at both American Century Investments and Wellington Management. He graduated with a MS in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver. Follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinJThurston.


Jimmy Lynn

Jimmy Lynn, a veteran of more than 25 years in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, is one of the pioneers of the Digital Sports space and is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the sports industry. He is a co-founder and Vice-President of Kiswe Mobile, a interactive mobile video start-up focused on bringing a rich viewing experience for live media content such as sports and entertainment events to mobile devices.

Previously, Lynn was the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related digital media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses.

Prior to founding JLynn Associates in 2009, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.

Lynn also served as a Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships for AOL’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he managed AOL’s employee affinity networks and partnerships with community service organizations.

Lynn also was a member of the Time Warner Sports Forum, which included executives from Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, Turner Sports, AOL Sports, Time Warner Cable, Time 4 Media and Warner Brothers Licensing. The group focused on cross-company sports initiatives for Time Warner.

Previously, Lynn was the Advertising Manager for Home Team Sports, the CBS-owned regional sports network serving the Mid-Atlantic Region (TV partner of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and the Promotion Manager for WLTT-FM, the CBS-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C.

Lynn has been actively involved in philanthropy and community service over the past 15 years.Lynn was one of the 2006 recipients of Time Warner’s most prestigious public-service prize, the “Andrew Heiskell Community Service” award. This award is given to employees who exhibit outstanding leadership and accomplishment in voluntary public service, human rights and/or equal opportunity efforts. Lynn also was recognized in 2008 by Greater DC Cares as one of Washington DC’s top 10 rising leaders in philanthropy; as one of City Year’s “Idealists of the Year”; and by Year Up as an “Urban Empowerment” award winner. In 2010, he received an award from Washington, DC Mayor Fenty for outstanding community service. Lynn is a board member of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Lynn is a full-time faculty member of Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, where he also serves as the “Special Advisor.” Lynn received the “Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010 and the “Faculty Service” award in 2014. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.

Tom McMillen

Tom McMillen has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the LEAD1 Association, previously the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association, since September 2015. The association, is a not-for-profit membership organization comprised of the directors of athletics at the 130 NCAA Division 1A institutions.

Previously, Mr. McMillen served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Timios National Corporation, a real estate services company. He also served on the advisory board of Clean Energy Systems, a clean coal technology firm.

Mr. McMillen has had a highly diversified and successful career in the fields of sports, business, and politics. He served three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (4th District, MD). Mr. McMillen began his involvement with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1970 as a high school senior when he was selected by President Nixon to become the youngest member of the Council. He was named by President Clinton to co-chair of the Council from 1993-97. He was the original architect of the legislation that enabled the National Foundation on Physical, Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to be created, and was the founding chairman.

Mr. McMillen was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best high school player in America. He was a three-time All-American and academic All-American at the University of Maryland, holds the all time career scoring average, and was a member of the controversial 1972 Olympic Team. Mr. McMillen is the first University of Maryland student to be awarded a Rhodes scholarship. In the 1974 National Basketball Association draft, he was the first selection by the Buffalo Braves. He subsequently played for 11 years in the N.B.A., with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets.

In Congress, Mr. McMillen served on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. He was unanimously elected as President of the Democratic freshman class of the 100th Congress. While in Congress, he held the Maryland record for consecutive House floor votes, casting 2,050 votes in a row during his first five years in office. He served as Chairman of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Caucus, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus, and Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government Task Force.

In 1988, he was inducted into the first Capitol One  Academic All-American Hall of Fame as a charter member. From 1991-2003, he served on the Knight Foundation’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics investigating abuses within college sports. Also, Mr. McMillen is the co-author of Out of Bounds, a book on sports and ethics in America. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Top 50 players of all time. In 2010, McMillen was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame and in 2013, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mr. McMillen serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland College Park’s School of Public Affairs and the University of Maryland College Park’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC and serves on the board of Nexstar Media Group.

Pat Cunnane

Patrick Cunnane is the President & CEO of Advanced Sports International, a privately held company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that owns five bicycle brands – Fuji, Kestrel, Breezer, SE and Oval Concepts.

Mr. Cunnane was recognized by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ as “Executive of the Year” in 2010.  Mr. Cunnane began his career in the bicycle industry when he was 12 years old, sweeping floors and fixing flats at a local bicycle shop. He soon moved on to sales, working for wholesaler District Bicycle Supply, and then to Ross Bicycles, where he became one of the youngest national sales managers in the industry. 

After an assignment as sales manager at Giant, Pat started two businesses in 1992 – Cunnane Bicycle, a marketing and distribution company, and Bicycle Surplus, an internet business that he sold in 2001. Mr. Cunnane became President of Advanced Sports International in 2001. Since then, he has grown the company presence in more than 50 countries and 1,100 U.S. independent business dealers.

In 2003, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association awarded Mr. Cunnane the “National Advocacy Award,” and in 2006, he was awarded the “Bicycle Industry Leadership Award” by the League of American Bicyclists. He serves on the boards of Bikes Belong, the Cadence Cycling Foundation, and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (past president, current treasurer). He is also a former board member of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

A graduate of Temple University, he is above all a cyclist. In 1979, he rode his bike from Pacific City, Oregon to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 29 days. He now regularly commutes to work by bike. Pat is married with three children with his oldest son serving in the White House as a communications specialist. 

Chris Watts

Chris Watts is a dynamic leader who builds partnerships to solve problems. Appointed to build the congressionally chartered National Fitness Foundation, Chris developed a unique public-private model and pioneered new strategies that has delivered millions of dollars to schools across the country to address youth physical activity & fitness. Signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 as the official charity of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Foundation administers the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation’s model for fitness education that impacts over 5 million children in schools nationwide. As the Executive Director and Secretary of the Board, Chris oversees all aspects of the Foundation's programs, fundraising, partnerships and operations. 

Previously, Chris explored the intersection of profit & purpose as a social entrepreneur with 4POINT4, an innovative sportswear company that donates proceeds to charity. From 2010 to 2014 Chris served in the Obama Administration, where he led partnerships with corporate and community stakeholders for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! Initiative.

Prior to graduate school, Chris began his career as an engineering analyst at Kimley Horn. Chris’s work has been recognized by numerous leading organizations, including the World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, and the Aspen Institute. A proud Pittsburgh native with an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Chris earned an MBA from George Washington University and is currently advising nonprofits with Social Venture Partners.