Director, Public Health Preparedness and Response
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Ms. Chris Mangal, MPH, is the Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), where she is responsible for providing programmatic and scientific leadership for preparedness and response activities for the benefit of APHL members, staff and partner organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ms. Mangal has over fifteen years of experience working to improve laboratory practice in the detection of public health threats, crisis response, partnership and consensus building to strengthen biosafety and biosecurity, public health testing, public policy and training. Ms. Mangal has worked closely with the CDC and other partners to strengthen the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), support domestic and global crisis response to natural disasters and emerging threats, strengthen biosafety and biosecurity, promote a culture of innovation and accountability, and advocate for resources to help maintain state and local preparedness.
In 2012, Ms. Mangal co¬mpleted the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) at Harvard University. The NPLI Program is a joint venture between the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program focuses on equipping leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively lead during crises.
Ms. Mangal received her Master of Public Health Degree, specializing in Tropical Public Health and Communicable Diseases, from the University of South Florida. She also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida.