Shelley Hearne

Dr. Shelley Hearne is a Visiting Professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and began serving as Senior Advisor to the Big Cities Health Coalition in July 2015. She served as the Director of the BCHC from June 2013 to July 2015.  

Dr. Hearne was the managing director of the Pew Health Group of The Pew Charitable Trusts overseeing its food safety, medical safety, research and biomedical programs. She was also the founding Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health, a national advocacy organization dedicated to preventing epidemics and protecting people.

Dr. Hearne previously was the Executive Director of the Pew Environmental Health Commission, the Acting Director of The NJ DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has served as the Chair of the American Public Health Associations’ Executive Board and Vice President of the Council on Education for Public Health – the accreditation body for public health schools. She serves as a board member to the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Japan, provides continual service to the public health field serving on National Academy of Science Committees, and chairing accreditation site visits to public health schools, including Harvard University and Yale University. She has authored many national health reports and has testified regularly before the U.S. Congress on bioterrorism, pandemic preparedness, health tracking and public health funding.

Dr. Hearne received her BA with honors from Bowdoin College and her DrPH in environmental health science from Columbia University.