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Karen A. Goraleski, Executive Director

Karen A. Goraleski is Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. ASTMH, located in Deerfield, Illinois, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care and education are the central activities of its members, whose work bridges basic research to international field work and clinics to country-wide programs.

Goraleski oversees all aspects of the Society’s efforts that include the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the CTropMed®-Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, the Annual Meeting that attracts a global audience and is widely considered the premier meeting in tropical medicine and a portfolio of activities that includes awards and research opportunities, policy development, advocacy, and membership.

Prior to joining ASTMH in 2010, Goraleski was Vice President of Public Health Partnerships at Research!America, an advocacy alliance located in Alexandria, Virginia, that works to make research to improve health a much higher national priority. She oversaw its global health research advocacy efforts which included the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, named for the late Honorable Paul G. Rogers. She worked with highly respected U.S. based global health researchers engaging them in targeted outreach to policy leaders and other decision makers on the need for increased US investment in global health research. She also managed the organization’s public health advocacy activities engaging the broad public health community in a national effort to raise awareness of the value of prevention and public health─from research through the delivery of services. A key strategy was the development of targeted messages utilized by the organization’s advocacy network.

An experienced presenter, knowledgeable in the translation of complex issues for decision makers, media and public, Goraleski has led national and local workshops for the science community that focus on innovative advocacy using strategies designed to help non-science audience better understand the value and importance of a strong U.S. investment in research.

Earlier positions included executive roles at the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, both in Chicago. As Chief of Staff to the AMA’s Senior Vice President for Professional Standards, she integrated activities of 125 staff and a $12.5 million budget. As Associate Director of the American Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations at the AHA, she planned, managed and evaluated professional educational programs, and directed its national professional award program.

Goraleski serves on the board of the Global Health Council and is a Steering Committee member of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC). She received a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts, St. Xavier University in Chicago.