Carmen Villar

2019 Speaker

CARMEN VILLAR is vice president of sustainable impact in the policy, communications and population health organization with Merck, a position she assumed in December 2017. In this role, she has responsibility for the corporate responsibility, Merck for Mothers, and population health teams, with a focus on the intersection of social responsibility and business impact. Prior to joining Merck, she had a distinguished career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she helped lead the agency through both the West African Ebola emergency response in 2014 and the Zika emergency response in 2016. Villar started in government as a Presidential Management Fellow focusing on policy and program planning for HIV, STD, and TB prevention. Prior to joining CDC, she was the policy affairs coordinator at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and had also served as a legislative aide in the California Assembly. In addition, her work in hospice counseling and hospital discharge planning has provided unique insights into front line patient support and care. Villar earned an MS in social welfare, with a concentration in health, from UC Berkeley, and a BS in anthropology from UC Berkeley. @merck

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