Mandy Cohen chosen for CDC director after Rochelle Walensky steps down

By Jen Krausz on
 June 4, 2023

Former North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen has been chosen by President Joe Biden to be the next head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple reports stated.

Current head Rochelle Walensky is scheduled to step down from the position on June 30.

Cohen worked in several senior-level positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and helped with the implementation of Obamacare.

The rumored incumbent kept schools closed in North Carolina until March 2021 because of COVID-19 and pushed mask-wearing and vaccinations for students even though COVID-19 was well-known to affect only small numbers of children.

Since January 2022, Cohen has been working in the private sector as the CEO of Aledade Care Solutions, America's biggest network of independent primary care providers.

She would become head of the CDC at a time when significant reforms are being pushed.