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University of Washington School of Public Health

Dean's Council

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. He currently chairs the WA State Health Benefit Exchange Board.

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.

David Fleming

David Fleming, MD, is Vice President for Public Impact at PATH, where he leads its programs in maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, malaria control, HIV/AIDS and TB programs.  He was formerly the director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County and has served as Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Kendra Golbas

Kendra Proctor Goldbas, MPP, is Director of Professional Development for the West Coast Office of McKinsey, where she focuses on leadership coaching and talent management priorities. She was formerly a strategy consultant in Johannesburg, South Africa, and served as Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research.

Jeffrey Lehman

Jeffrey Lehman, MHA, is owner and president of Dialysis Consulting Group and a clinical associate professor in the School’s department of Health Services. He was previously COO of Northwest Kidney Centers and Deputy Director of the WA State Hospital Commission.


Nate Miles

Nathaniel (Nate) Miles is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Eli Lilly and Company. He serves on numerous boards, including the University of Washington Foundation, the Pacific Science Center, IslandWood, and chairs the board of the Seattle Urban League.

Susan Morgensztern

Susan Morgensztern, brings 30 years of experience as a strategic development consultant for new technologies and markets to biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic firms. She is an Expert Reviewer for the Life Science Discovery Fund Authority, a Technology Screening Committee member of WINGS Angel Network, and past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Seattle BioMed.

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.

Jane Lee Quehrn, MPH

Jane Lee Quehrn, MPH, has over 30 years of experience working for state and local public health agencies. Her expertise includes policy development for health improvement based on best practices, community need and social determinants of health. She is a former member of the Group Health Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the Public Health Reserve Corps.

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.

Emeritus Members


Jonathan Drachman

Jonathan Drachman, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research and Development, of Seattle Genetics. He was previously associate professor in the UW School of Medicine, where he remains a clinical associate professor of hematology.

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.

Leo Greenawalt

Leo Greenawalt, JD, MHA, led the Washington State Hospital Association for 20 years. He has also 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.

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 Selecky, served as Washington State Secretary of Health for nearly 15 years, beginning in 1998.

Ron Sher

Ron Sher, is the managing partner of Sher Partners, a RE firm specializing in retail properties, including Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue, WA. He also founded and owns Third Place Company, former owner of Elliott Bay Books, and founded Great Places Forum, a nonprofit to raise awareness of the importance of great places in building vibrant communities.

David Shoultz

David Shoultz, MS, PhD, leads PATH’s Drug Development program, which develops and ensures access to safe medicines for diseases prevalent in developing countries. Previously he was Director of Grantee & Partner Engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the foundation’s leadership team. Earlier he had been deputy director in the foundation’s Global Health program and relationship manager for PATH.

Kathy Surace Smith

Kathy Surace Smith, JD, is Vice President and General Counsel of NanoString Technologies and has previously held leadership positions at SonoSite and Metawave Communications.