As a veteran of both the White House and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Catherine Oakar has extensive experience in public health, nutrition and health care policy.
Most recently, Catherine served as the Associate Director of the Let’s Move! initiative in the office of former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office of National AIDS Policy.
Prior to the White House, Catherine served as the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at HHS. In that role, she had primary oversight responsibility for the implementation of the public health, prevention, disparities and workforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act and spoke across the country about the law.
Catherine began her work in Washington, D.C. as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow. She has also been a Fellow at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and has conducted community-based research with low-income cancer survivors and safety net clinics. Catherine earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame.