Shelley Hearne

Shelley HearneShelley A. Hearne, PhD, is the managing director of the Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Hearne most recently was the founding executive director of Trust for America’s Health—a national organization dedicated to preventing epidemics, protecting people. Her prior positions include executive director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, the acting director of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Pollution Prevention and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has served as the chair of the American Public Health Association’s Executive Board and Vice President of the Council on Education for Public Health—the accreditation body for public health schools. She is the author of a broad array of national accountability reports, including “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism” which grades state health disaster preparedness. Ms. Hearne has testified regularly before the U.S. Congress on bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness and health tracking. She is the national recipient of the Delta Omega Curriculum Award honoring innovative public health teaching, received the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award for Public Health Advocacy and the American Public Health Association’s Distinguished Service Award in Environmental Health. Ms. Hearne has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBC News and MSNBC to speak on topics including credit card reform, human health issues, pandemic flu preparedness, and food safety. Ms. Hearne holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental studies with honors from Bowdoin College and a doctorate in environmental health sciences from Columbia University’s School of Public Health.