Angela K. McGowan, is a Senior Director at the American Public Health Association and directs the efforts of the Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response. The Alliance is collaborative effort to support the opportunity for everyone to be healthy and to ensure we have the necessary, equitable, comprehensive public health system to protect us from COVID-19 and all future diseases and health challenges. Previously, she was a Project Director at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and an assignee from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Program Performance and Evaluation. She worked to advance the use of policy and law as tools to improve health and led an effort of partners to develop evidence-based products to highlight the state of laws and policies related to the national Healthy People 2020 Initiative.

Prior to her role with ODPHP, Professor McGowan was a Senior Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focusing on encouraging the use of policy, advocacy, and law to help create a strong and comprehensive public health system, public health issues including tobacco and childhood obesity prevention, and leadership development. Prior work experience includes working at CDC at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, serving in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service with the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and working as a Legal Services Officer with Georgia’s Division of Public Health. She received a law degree from Vanderbilt, a master’s in public health from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s in International Relations from William and Mary.