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 a range of contributing colleges, schools, programs and stakeholder units. An external advisory board is also being formed to offer strategic guidance to the initiative.

Population Health Initiative executive council

The Population Health Initiative is governed internally 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
  • Francis Abugbilla, graduate student representative, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Nidhi Agrawal, professor of marketing, Foster School of Business
  • Becky Alexander, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, College of the Environment
  • Jennifer Bacci, assistant professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy
  • Jared Baeten, professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Medicine, Schools of Medicine and Public Health
  • Wendy Barrington, associate professor of psychosocial and community health, School of Nursing, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology and health services, and faculty senate liaison
  • Kyle Crowder, professor of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Bianca Frogner, associate professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Patrick Heagerty, professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Heather Hill, associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
  • Michelle Montgomery, associate professor of social and historical studies, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Education, UW Tacoma
  • Selina Mohammed, professor and associate dean, School of Nursing & Health Studies, UW Bothell
  • Jonathan Posner, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Wanda Pratt, professor, Information School, and adjunct professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
  • Gundula Proksch, associate professor of Architecture, College of Built Environments
  • Anita Ramasastry, professor of Law, School of Law
  • Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
  • Priya Sarma, undergraduate representative, School of Public Health
  • Holly Schindler, associate professor, College of Education
  • Ana Lucia Seminario, associate professor, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • June Spector, associate professor of Medicine and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Schools of Medicine and Public Health
  • Mike Spencer, presidential term professor, School of Social Work
  • Hamza Zafer, assistant professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, College of Arts & 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.

Population Health Initiative external advisory board

The initiative is in the process of recruiting a distinguished body of external advisors from a range of sectors and disciplines to provide the initiative guidance in areas such as strategic planning and program development, furthering the university’s understanding of population health trends and helping to assess the effectiveness of the initiative.

This board will be chaired by Bill Neukom, who is known for his decades-long leadership of Microsoft’s law and corporate affairs team and then at the American Bar Association, and his success as CEO of the San Francisco Giants and founder/CEO of the World Justice Project.