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The Dean's Council is a distinguished and diverse group of external community leaders, known for their vision, commitment to public health, and philanthropy. The Council offers advice and support to help the School fulfill its vision of healthy people in sustainable communities – locally, nationally and globally.

Ron Sims

Ron Sims (Chair) served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Sims served for 12 years as the elected executive of King County in Washington State.

Sanjay Chheda

Sanjay Chheda, MBA (Vice Chair) is Vice President at Intellectual Ventures, focusing on new business models for innovation. Among his positions during 18 years at Microsoft was Regional Vice President of its consumer and online business for the Greater Asia Pacific Region.

Chris Elias

Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, is president of the Global Development Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he served for 11 years as president and CEO of PATH, which improves the health of people around the world. In 2010, Dr. Elias was the School of Public Health’s Distinguished Alumnus of the year.

Dan Evans

Daniel Evans, MS, has a long and distinguished career in public service, including leadership of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA., U.S. Senator, and three terms as governor of Washington State. He currently leads his own consulting firm. In 1999, the UW Graduate School of Public Affairs was renamed the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in his honor.

Jack Faris

Jack Faris, PhD, has led the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute as well as the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. He is currently consulting for organizations such as the Washington Global Health Alliance. He has previously held key roles at UW, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and advertising agency Cole & Weber.

Jon Fine

Jon Fine, MBA, has been president and CEO of United Way of King County since 2000, whose campaign has raised at least $100 million during each of the last five years. Previously he was with the Seattle/King County chapter of the American Red Cross and served in leadership positions in the Puget Sound banking industry.

David Fleming

David Fleming, MD, is the director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. He previously directed the Global Health Strategies Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and served as Deputy Director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Leo Greenawalt

Leo Greenawalt, JD, MHA, recently retired from the presidency of the Washington State Hospital Association, which he led for 20 years. He previously held leadership positions at the Michigan Hospital Association and public policy positions in Washington, DC. In 1999, the American College of Healthcare Executives awarded him its highest honor, the Gold Medal Award.

Denis Hayes

Denis Hayes, JD, is President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. Years ago he was the National Coordinator of the first Earth Day and eventually expanded the event to 170 nations. He has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, among others. At the Bullitt Foundation, Mr. Hayes leads an effort to mold the Pacific Northwest into a global model of sustainability.

Bill Marler

Bill Marler, JD, began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented a seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. Coli outbreak. Since then he has represented many children across the country in food and water contamination cases. He devotes much of his time to addressing food industry and public health groups about foodborne illness issues.

Susan Morgensztern

Susan Morgensztern has more than 30 years experience in the health care, technology and direct marketing industries. She has provided marketing management and business development services to new ventures and new corporate divisions. She has held positions at the National Naval Medical Center, Searle Analytic, and Photovolt Corporation.

Charles Nolan

Charles Nolan, MD, worked in public health in Seattle and internationally for 30 years, focusing on the epidemiology, prevention and control of communicable diseases, especially tuberculosis. He has participated in the teaching and training programs of the University of Washington's Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he is a clinical professor in Epidemiology.

Jim Norman

James “Jim” Norman is a longtime leader of the Pacific Northwest real estate community who has developed strategies for hospital systems, companies, public institutions, universities and investors. He is a principal of Norman Partners, which leverages an organization’s real estate in support of goals such as workforce attraction and retention, social responsibility, and stewardship.

Mary Selecky

Mary C. Selecky recently announced her impending retirement from the Washington State Department of Health, which she has led since 1999 and which she helped create in 1989. Among her top public health priorities have been tobacco prevention and control, patient safety, nutrition and physical activity, and emergency preparedness.

David Shoultz

David Shoultz, MS, PhD, is a Deputy Director in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For the past two years, he has also served as the relationship manager for PATH—one of the largest grantees of the foundation. Previously, he managed business development in North America, Japan and Asia for Biomedical Systems.

Kathy Surace-Smith

Kathy Surace-Smith, JD, runs her own legal and business consulting business, Lochleven Consulting PLLC. Previously she held key roles at medical device company SonoSite, Inc., and at Metawave Communications. She and her husband, Brad Smith, served as volunteer co-chairs of the 2010–2011 campaign for United Way of King County, leading efforts to raise $119.6 million.

John Wiesman

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, was appointed Secretary of Health by Washington Governor Jay Inslee in April 2013.  He was inspired to work in public health after reading a 1983 Time magazine article about disease detectives tracking Legionnaires’ Disease, toxic shock syndrome, and HIV. He has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut, and also worked at the UW School of Public Health as a project director on a back pain outcome assessment team grant.

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