Don Benken is a Senior Public Health Advisor and serves as Deputy Director in the Public Health Law Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Public Health Law Program is the CDC’s public health legal office that provides resources to state, local, territorial and tribal public health practitioners and their legal counsel. Don has been with CDC 30 years and with the Public Health Law Program for the past 12 years. Before joining the Public Health Law Program, Don served in several roles in the agency including Legislative Affairs for Appropriations, Emergency Preparedness and Response and he began his career working as a project officer in the Division of Adolescent and School Health serving state and local health departments and education agencies as well as more than 15 national organizations focused on the nation's health.
Don earned his B.S. in Community Health from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Juris Doctorate from the College of Law at Georgia State University. He is a member of the Georgia Bar.
His passion outside of CDC can be seen in the fall where you will find him under the "Friday Night Lights" officiating high school football in Georgia. He family includes his wife Laurie who also works at CDC and two sons, Joseph who is the youngest and currently a student at the University of Georgia and Jonathon who is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Health and Physical Education and he is currently a professional baseball umpire.
Tuesday, July 9
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, July 10
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM