Marguerite Ro, DrPH is the Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) section of Public Health – Seattle & King County. She is also the King County representative to the Communities of Opportunity Governing Group. Dr. Ro has focused her efforts on working with diverse communities to achieve health equity for our nation’s most at-risk populations. She is a former member of the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee to the Director, Health Disparities Subcommittee and a past chair of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Minority Health. As Deputy Director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, she played a leadership role in the development of Health Through Action, a groundbreaking partnership program to close health gaps for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. During her time at Columbia University as an assistant professor, Dr. Ro also served as senior policy analyst for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Voices initiative, a national demonstration project to improve access to care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Ro obtained her masters and doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.