Dawn O’Connell is a Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She joined the Department in January 2011 as the Deputy Chief of Staff. As a Senior Counselor and member of Secretary Burwell’s leadership team, O’Connell focuses on emerging issues in global health. She has coordinated the Department’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, helping to manage resources and policy issues across multiple agencies and with other USG partners.
O’Connell led the Department’s work with the White House National Security Staff and other Federal and international partners, to develop and launch President Obama’s Global Health Security Agenda. She continues to lead the Department’s work on implementing the Global Health Security Agenda. In addition she coordinates the Administration-wide task force implementing the White House’s Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) effort.
Prior to joining the Department, O’Connell served as Chief of Staff to former-Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr., Chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee. She worked for Congressman Spratt for 13 years, covering health care, tax and trade issues. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, she served as his Legislative Counsel and Legislative Director. O’Connell received her undergraduate degree in literature from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from Tulane University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.
Dawn O’Connell will be giving a keynote address entitled, “Leading the fight to resistance – are we reaching a post antibiotic era?’ at World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA 2016. This session will discuss whether or not bringing new antibiotics to market is truly the solution to the AMR problem, as well as how we can work to prevent the spread of infection through universal access to clean water and sanitation. She will also discuss whether the World Economic Forum outcomes will have an impact on curbing antimicrobial resistance and comparing and contrasting needs and priorities in stewardship, hygiene and new antibiotics. To hear more from her and other industry experts, join us at World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA 2016 held September 8-9 at Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.