Dena is the former president and CEO of the Washington Global Health Alliance, leading WGHA’s strategic and operating plans while cultivating and sustaining its diverse community of stakeholders.
As Washington, DC, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Dena led CDC’s Congressional engagement and was part of senior leadership. Under her leadership, the agency secured emergency appropriations to fund the response to the Zika virus, defended its opioid prescribing guidelines, and worked with Congress and stakeholders through the Flint, Michigan, water contamination discovery and response.
Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team as legislative director for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, senior member of the Senate Leadership for nine years. Before joining the Senate, Dena was senior Vice President of FaegreBD, a DC-based consulting firm, and co-chair of the health and disability rights practice team. Dena earned a bachelors degree at Indiana University and a Masters in Public Policy at Georgetown University.