LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MA
Barbara Ferrer is a nationally‐known public health leader with over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, and community advocate. She has a proven track record of working collaboratively to improve population outcomes through efforts that build health and education equity. Most recently, Dr. Ferrer served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction for critical program‐related work and providing leadership to the foundation’s key program areas: Education & Learning; Family Economic Security; Food, Health & Well‐Being; Racial Equity; Community Engagement; and Leadership Development. Prior to working at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Ferrer served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, where she led a range of public health programs and built innovative partnerships to address inequities in health outcomes and support healthy communities and healthy families. During her time as Executive Director, Dr. Ferrer secured federal, state, and local funding for critical public health infrastructure and community‐based programs. Under her leadership, the City of Boston saw significant improvements in health outcomes, including a decrease in the rates of childhood obesity, smoking, and infant mortality. Dr. Ferrer has also served as Director of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention and Director of the Division of the Maternal & Child Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As a headmaster at a district high school in Boston, she led efforts to significantly improve high school graduation rates and ensure that every graduating senior was accepted to college. Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jeffrey D. Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH
Interim Health Officer and Medical Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Jeffrey Gunzenhauser is the Interim Health Officer and Medical Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Before joining Los Angeles County in 2003, Dr. Gunzenhauser served for more than 20 years as a Preventive Medicine physician in the United States Army, including serving as the consultant to the Army Surgeon General at the time of the Pentagon attack and during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
In Los Angeles County, he directs the Department of Public Health’s Quality Improvement Division and provides technical oversight for the medical, nursing, and other professional staff. In his role as Medical Director, he interfaces with the medical community in the county on a wide range of public health issues. As of September 1, 2014, Dr. Gunzenhauser was appointed Los Angeles County’s Interim Health Officer while the Department of Public Health searches to hire a new Director.
Dr. Gunzenhauser holds a bachelor of science degree from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; a Doctor of Medicine degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine; and a Master of Public Health degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Cynthia Anne Harding, MPH
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Cynthia Harding is the Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,overseeing a budget of over $900 million and more than 39 distinct programs that promote and protect health, and prevent disease in Los Angeles County. She has worked in the Department of Public Health for over 30 years in a variety of different public health programs including Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Tobacco Control, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Tuberculosis Control and AIDS prevention.
Ms. Harding is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and taught as a visiting professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil. Ms. Harding has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Community Health from Brown University, a Masters of Public Health from UCLA, and a Certificate of Management from USC’s Center of Excellence in Health Care Management.
In addition to her work for the County, Ms. Harding is a musician, playing a number of different instruments from Latin America. She performs with her husband in the Latin American Jazz ensemble Huayucaltia (pronounced Why you call-TEE-ah), and with her sister in Conjunto Jardin (pronounced con-HUN-toe har-DEEN), a group that performs the music of Veracruz, Mexico.