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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sara Curran, professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
  • Bianca Frogner, associate professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Carmen Gonzalez, assistant professor of communication, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Patrick Heagerty, professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Heather Hill, associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • Kiana Alexis Rahni, undergraduate student representative, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Holly Schindler, associate professor, College of Education
  • Ana Lucia Seminario, associate professor, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • Mike Spencer, presidential term professor, School of Social Work
  • Andy Stergachis, professor of pharmacy and global health, and associate dean for research, graduate programs and new initiatives, School of Pharmacy
  • Abigail Swann, associate professor of atmospheric sciences and biology, College of the Environment and College of Arts & Sciences
  • 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.

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.