Jean O’Connor

CEO & Executive Director

Jean C. O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH, FACHE is a public health leader and researcher. She spent 5 years as the chronic disease prevention director and chief public health policy officer for the State of Georgia. In those roles, she oversaw $30 million dollars of statewide programs related to the risk factors for chronic disease, chronic diseases, the state’s health improvement planning process, and partnerships to improve population health. Before that, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on international research; and, as a health policy advisor a governor. Since 2003, she also has been teaching masters students at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and she has been teaching in the doctoral program at UGA since 2017.


She is a member of the editorial board for CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease. Jean is a past-president of the U.S. National Association of Chronic Disease Prevention Directors and on several non-profit health boards, including the national American Diabetes Association.

She has served as the Principal Investigator on more than $100 million dollars in cooperative agreements and grants. Her research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Public HealthNicotine and Tobacco Research, and Journal of Health Services Research. In 2018, Jean was named to the Fulbright Specialist roster for global health and law. Her JD and MPH are from Emory, and she earned her DrPH in public health leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.