Senior Advisor, Office on Women's Health
Lauresa Washington serves as an advisor and confidant to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and members of the senior leadership team, co-planning and determining policies, programs, and activities that address a variety of challenges, impacting special populations. She provides ongoing technical consultation to OWH leadership, by working closely with public and private sector stakeholders to maximize strategic partnerships and assure relevant issues are addressed and resolutions/actions are sustained through appropriate legislative and statutory requirements and programmatic guidance.
Dr. Washington’s federal career is marked by more than 18 years focused on achieving meaningful health outcomes for priority populations. Prior to joining OWH, she served as the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau Director of Administrative Operations where she oversaw a $2.3 billion budget and a $23 million technical assistance portfolio. Dr. Washington led the modernization of the Bureau’s acquisition process as well as its’ recruitment of an engaged, diverse workforce. In additional to addressing operational priorities, she exercised management responsibilities related to the conceptualization, initiation, and administration of grants and cooperative agreements responsive to Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States. She has served as the Bureau’s Chief of Acquisitions and Resource Management as well as Public Health Analyst for national projects focused on creating primary care medical homes for those with HIV/AIDS and overseeing initiatives in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy both projects established and sustained through meaningful collaboration with the HRSA/Bureau of Primary Health Care.
She received a doctorate in health administration-executive from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master’s degree in health administration-health policy from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in public policy-health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.