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Representative Donna Shalala

Former Commission Member

Donna E. Shalala was a Founding Member of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, from 2014 through 2018. She was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Previously, she was Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami and President of the Clinton Foundation. She received her B.A. in history from Western College for Women and her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She served as President of Hunter College of City University of New York from 1980 to 1987, as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993, and as President of the University of Miami, from 2001 to 2015. In 1993, President Clinton nominated her as Secretary for Health and Human Services, where she served for eight years. In 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian award. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran from 1962-1964. In 2010, she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, recognizing her dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.

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