CPHL Staff and Public Health Fellows


john-mcdonough150John E. McDonough, D.Ph., MPA, Professor
Director, Center for Public Health Leadership
Telephone: 617-432-2212
Mobile: 617-480-9217

John E. McDonough, D.Ph., MPA is a professor of public health practice at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the new Center for Public Health Leadership. Most recently, he was the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Executive Director of Health Care For All, Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. From 1998 through 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School at Brandeis University. From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.

His articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and other journals. He has written three books, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund in 2000, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting by the University of Michigan Press in 1998. His new book, Inside National Health Reform, will be published in July 2011 by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund.

He received a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in 1996 and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990. He lives in Brookline with his wife, Janice Furlong.

fawn-phelps150Fawn A. Phelps
Assistant Director, Center for Public Health Leadership
Telephone: 617-432-2209
Mobile: 617-510-2474

Fawn Phelps is Assistant Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, managing the Center’s leadership development programming. She has more than 14 years of experience in legislative and regulatory advocacy focused on the well-being of low-income and disadvantaged populations. She joined HSPH after six years at Health Care For All where she staffed the pioneering coalition that backed Massachusetts’ landmark health reform and served as the organization’s Policy Director during Massachusetts health reform implementation.

Previous to her work at Health Care For All, she served as the Director of Public Affairs at Easter Seals Massachusetts, a lobbyist for the Human Rights Campaign, and an aide to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Michael McCormack, M.S.
Director of Practice, Office of Education
Deputy Director, Center for Public Health Leadership
Telephone: 617-432-3592

Michael McCormack is the Director of Practice, and Deputy Director for the Public Health Leadership Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. Serving as both an instructor and a member of the CPHL and OED staffs, he has developed a number of highly rated experiential programs for students and staff, as well as a class that connects students with Public Health challenges and the community. Additionally, Michael is the Director of the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership, which he created in 2005. The purpose of the Institute is to build bench strength for future leaders in nonprofit community based organizations. The program strengthens participants’ understanding of and ability to be effective collaborative leaders.

Prior to his work with the BCBSMA Foundation, Michael served as senior training and organization development consultant for BCBSMA. He has also worked for Quaker Oats, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and The Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. Michael received his M.S. in Organization Development from American University School of Public Affairs.


Michael C. Caldwell, MD, MPH
Dutchess County Commissioner of Health
County Executive William R. Steinhaus appointed Dr. Michael C. Caldwell Commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Health on August 8, 1994. He was reappointed in 2000 and again in 2006. He oversees the health of nearly 300,000 people over an 800 square mile area with 150 employees and a budget over $35 million. One of the youngest physicians ever to be appointed Health Commissioner in the United States, he served as the youngest President of his national professional association, the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) as well as the youngest President of the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO).

He received his Baccalaureate Degree in Art History from Columbia University in 1986 and his Medical Degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1990. He received his Masters of Public Health Degree from Harvard in 1994 and was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1995. Dr. Caldwell holds academic appointments at the Harvard and New York Medical College Schools of Public Health and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 1995.

Philip J. Edmundson, MBA, MPP
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
William Gallagher Associates

Mr. Edmundson co-founded William Gallagher Associates in 1983 with Mr. Gallagher. He became CEO in 1997 and has since grown the firm to be the largest independent brokerage in New England. Mr. Edmundson is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a Trustee of the Trustees of Reservations and Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network. He is the former chairman of the Hingham Board of Selectmen. He is a Director of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in Washington, DC. He serves as the Chairman of Affordable Care Today, a coalition of business, consumer, provider, and labor organizations working to increase health care access in Massachusetts.

He is an honors graduate of Amherst College, with a B.S. in Psychology, received his Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Babson College. He also received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Barbara Ferrer, PhD., MPH, M.Ed.
Executive Director,
Boston Public Health Commission

Barbara Ferrer PhD., MPH, M.Ed., is the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. Dr. Ferrer was appointed to lead the Commission in 2007 based on her years of public health experience and her commitment to serving the needs of all Bostonians, particularly vulnerable populations. She had previously spent five years as the Commission’s Deputy Director where she played a key role working on topics ranging from AIDS, to developing strategies to reduce Boston’s infant mortality rate. She also helped launch the city’s groundbreaking work to end racial and ethnic health disparities.

Dr. Ferrer holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and a Doctorate from the Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University, where she was a Pew Doctoral Fellow.

Roderick K. King, MD, MPH
Senior Faculty, MGH
Instructor, Department of Social Medicine

Dr. Roderick K. King is currently the president of Next Generation Consulting Group, an organization that focuses on promoting positive social change through strategic planning, leadership and organizational development, evaluation, and social entrepreneurship to build healthy communities. In addition, Dr King is Senior Faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Disparities Solutions Center and an Instructor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He most recently served as the Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration, Boston Regional Division and as a Commander in the US Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. King earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College with honors in research.

Jeffrey Sanchez, MPA
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Chairman, Joint Committee on Public Health

Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez serves as Massachusetts State Representative for the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District. He was appointed House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health by Speaker Robert DeLeo in February 2009. His work is concentrated on improving quality in health through systematic reforms in the public health and health care systems. He is committed to seeking the nexus of health care in the traditional setting and the promotion of public health in the community setting, and in our daily lives.