Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Rosa Abraha is a Public Health Policy Advisor in the CDC Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), where she leads the COVID-19 related oversight engagement requests from the Government Accountability Office and the Office of the Inspector General. Abraha’s work led to the publishing of the September 2020 MMWR entitled “Hurricane Evacuation Laws in Eight U.S. Coastal States — December 2018”, which she co-authored. Abraha also currently serves as one of 15 members in CPR’s Strategic Initiative for Justice and Equity, a tiger team developed after the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor to identify and improve upon workplace inequities for CPR’s Black employees. Abraha is currently deployed in the COVID-19 Response Policy Unit leading a unified strategic partnership plan for the Policy Unit’s Partnerships and Risk Management Team. Prior to her current role, Abraha served as an ORISE fellow directly supporting the CPR Associate Director for Policy and the Budget and Legislation Team. Abraha was chosen to represent CPR at the 2019 National Governors Association Conference and served as the Healthy People 2030 CDC Lead for the Emergency Preparedness Workgroup. Prior to CDC, Abraha’s career involved working at premier public health agencies, including the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the Food and Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the National Institutes of Health. Abraha has a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Emory University, where she was elected as the President of the Student Government Association and was recognized as the 2019 Graduate Student Leader of the Year. Abraha has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, where she served as the University’s Public Health Student Representative and was chosen as the UMD College Affordability Rally student speaker. In 2019, Abraha founded “Revamped by Rosa”, an academic and career strategic consulting firm that supports development of personal statements, cover letters, and resumes. As an Ethiopian-American born to immigrant parents, Abraha knows firsthand the struggles of lacking access to effective academic and professional development resources. In turn, Abraha is ardent about supporting minority millennial leaders fulfill their mission-filled purpose. From headlining at former Governor Martin O’Malley’s presidential announcement to presenting at the 2020 Young Health Leaders Summit, Abraha is passionate about eradicating imposter syndrome amongst millennials of color and galvanizing the next generation of progressive leaders who will serve as tomorrow’s healthcare influencers.