Andrew Rein, MS
Associate Director, Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Andrew Rein is the Associate Director for Policy for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mr. Rein leads the newly established Office of the Associate Director for Policy, whose mission is to bring about policies that result in demonstrable improvements in public health—globally and at the federal, state, and local levels. Under Mr. Rein’s leadership, the Office, and its three programs, conducts policy research and analysis; provides guidance to CDC leadership in developing agency policy and legislative goals and strategies; creates and maintains partnerships to support those strategies; implements key policies; and ensures the agency’s scientific credibility, reputation, and needs are communicated to and supported by policy makers and stakeholders. The Office is also focused on better leveraging the changing health care system to improve population health. Mr. Rein also spearheads CDC’s efforts related to the Affordable Care Act, including the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy and co-chairing an HHS work group on key Affordable Care Act provisions related to prevention and public health.
Prior to joining CDC, Mr. Rein served as Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was one of the prime drafters of New York City's Health Policy, Take Care New York, which identified 10 priority interventions to improve New Yorkers’ lives. He spearheaded passage and implementation of NYC's "Green Cart" law that puts 1,000 fruit and vegetable mobile food vendors in high need neighborhoods. He also oversaw the econometric analysis that demonstrated that NYC’s Smoke Free Air Act had no negative impact on restaurant and bar employment. He also obtained and redirected hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that effectively addressed NYC's leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Mr. Rein received his Master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano Graduate School at the New School, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Tufts University.