Dena is president of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a membership organization that connects and informs organizations working to improve health equity among the world’s most vulnerable populations. Dena leads WGHA’s strategic and operating plans, builds community across diverse stakeholders, and develops events and conversations to advance common goals, share best practices, and foster collaboration.
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, where she chaired the health and disability rights practice team.