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Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH

Dr. Marci Nielsen has joined Resolve’s Office of the President as Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. She will work closely with our leadership and global partnerships, helping to translate evidence and practical experience into policy and advocacy strategies that target U.S. and global decisionmakers, promoting evidence-based guidance and tools, mobilizing funding to sustain effective epidemic preparedness and cardiovascular health efforts, and strengthening public health capacity globally.

Marci is a health policy expert and advocate with three decades of experience. She recently served as chief advisor for COVID-19 coordination for Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, helping lead the testing strategy and vaccine roll-out. In prior roles, Marci served as: Vice President of Policy & Strategy for the non-profit Government Employee Health Association; CEO and President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington DC a non-profit member association dedicated to promoting primary care; and Executive Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority under Governor Kathleen Sebelius, leading a $2 billion agency. She subsequently served as Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs at the University of Kansas Medical Center and also served on the faculty.

Marci spent ten years in Washington D.C., serving as a legislative assistant for US Senator Bob Kerrey, and as a public health researcher tracking opportunistic infections in those with HIV/AIDS and exploring the relationship between health and poverty. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, an MPH in international health from George Washington University, and served in the US Army Reserve and the Peace Corps in Thailand.

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