WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 26, 2016 – Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit that works to protect patient access to healthcare in the face of disaster and disease through collaboration with public health and healthcare, today announced that The Honorable Andrew Weber and Dara Lieberman have joined its board of directors.
Weber and Lieberman bring significant experience in the fields of public health emergency preparedness and response policy and advocacy, infectious disease prevention, and disease surveillance. As directors, they will help to shape the organization’s agenda and policy positions, as well as serving as envoys for its critical and life-saving work.
“Healthcare Ready is at a pivotal time in its growth, and it is important that the board reflects that expansion into work on policy issues,” Lord said. “Adding directors with such considerable expertise in public health—further enhanced by Andy’s high-level government experience and Dara's extensive advocacy experience—will considerably increase our ability to carry out work that pushes for systemic change. Andy and Dara will both play a critical role in our growing portfolio of work on pandemic prevention and biosecurity.”
Andrew Weber is the former Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Weber led diplomatic outreach efforts to ensure a speedy, effective and truly global response to this crisis. He has also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, and an Adviser for Threat Reduction Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He played a key role in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, and as a Foreign Service Officer, undertook diplomatic assignments in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong.
Dara Alpert Lieberman is Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America's Health, where she leads the organization’s advocacy around infectious disease prevention, disease surveillance, and strengthening the nation’s public health emergency preparedness and response capabilities. She has also worked at the American Counseling Association, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Healthcare Ready (founded as Rx Response) helps to strengthen healthcare through public private collaboration and addressing pressing issues before, during, and after disasters and disease outbreaks. As the convener of industry and government, Healthcare Ready safeguards patient health by providing solutions to critical problems and identifying best practices for healthcare preparedness and response.