Dena leads WGHA’s strategic and operating plans, while building community across a diverse community of stakeholders.
As Washington, DC, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Dena led CDC’s Congressional engagement during the agency’s response to the Zika virus, the challenge to its opioid prescribing guidelines, and the federal interagency water contamination discovery and response in Flint, MI.
Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team for a senior member of the Senate Leadership. Before joining the Senate, Dena was senior vice president of a DC-based consulting firm. As co-chair of the health and disability rights practice team, she led federal work for the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, the Autism Society of America, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.