Strategy and Special Projects, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Sarmed Rashid currently oversees Strategy and Special Projects at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the agency quarterbacking the Federal response to the opioid epidemic. In this role, Sarmed coordinates the activities of the country’s public health efforts to address the root causes of the opioid epidemic, provide Americans access to opioid use disorder treatment, and support Americans during their long-term recovery. He joined Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow. Before graduate school, Sarmed worked alongside USAID and the State Department to implement counterinsurgency and post-conflict stabilization programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Syria, and Libya. Sarmed is interested in the relationship between healthcare access, income inequality, and joblessness and in how society and the private sector can better serve their stakeholders. A Pakistani-American, Sarmed received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School, his Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and his bachelor degrees in mathematics, government, and literature from the University of Texas. He currently volunteers as an EMT in Northern Virginia and is an avid reader and climber. In a previous life, he also rode his bike from Texas to Alaska and worked as a carpenter.