Population Health


Over the course of the UW’s 25-year vision for the Population Health Initiative, the president and provost recognize the need to stay nimble with respect to the leadership of, and the individuals involved with, this effort.

To support this work, UW President Ana Mari Cauce created and is chairing the initiative’s executive council, which includes senior leaders, faculty, students and staff representing important contributing colleges, schools, programs and stakeholder units.

Population Health executive council

The Population Health Initiative is governed by a 30-member executive council responsible for developing, implementing and measuring progress toward the initiative’s goals. Learn more about the council’s structure in its governance plan.

Current members

The executive council represents all three UW campuses as well as the undergraduate and graduate student populations.

  • Ana Mari Cauce, president; chair
  • Mark Richards, provost and executive vice president
  • Ali Mokdad, chief strategy officer for population health; professor of health metrics sciences (IHME); vice chair
  • Gabino Abarca, graduate student representative, School of Public Health
  • Nidhi Agrawal, professor of marketing, Foster School of Business
  • David Anderson, executive director, Health Sciences Administration
  • Wendy Barrington, assistant professor of psychosocial and community health, School of Nursing, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology and health services, and faculty senate liaison
  • Alison Cullen, professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and adjunct professor, School of Public Health and College of the Environment
  • Sara Curran, professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
  • James Fogarty, professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Carmen Gonzalez, assistant professor of communication, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Patrick Heagerty, chair and professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Julia Jones, undergraduate student representative, Foster School of Business and Department of Global Health
  • Phil Levin, professor of practice, environmental and forest sciences, College of the Environment
  • Julian Marshall, John R. Kiley endowed professor of civil & environmental engineering, College of Engineering
  • Michelle Montgomery, assistant professor of social and historical studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
  • India Ornelas, associate professor of health services, School of Public Health
  • Wanda Pratt, professor, Information School, and adjunct professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
  • Sallie Sanford, associate professor of law and adjunct associate professor of health services
  • Jane Simoni, professor of psychology and adjunct professor of global health
  • Clarence Spigner, professor of health services, School of Public Health
  • Bruder Stapleton, professor of pediatrics and associate dean, School of Medicine
  • Andy Stergachis, professor of pharmacy and global health, and associate dean for research, graduate programs and new initiatives, School of Pharmacy
  • Abigail Swann, assistant professor of atmospheric sciences and biology, College of the Environment and College of Arts & Sciences
  • Wadiya Udell, associate professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
  • Jürgen Unützer, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Mary Gresch, chief marketing & communications officer, University Marketing & Communications (ex officio)
  • Lee Heck, associate vice president of individual giving programs, University Advancement (ex officio)
  • Jeffrey Riedinger, vice provost, Office of Global Affairs (ex officio)
  • Derek Fulwiler, director of strategy and communications, Executive Office; project director

The Council thanks its emeritus members for their service to the initiative.