Leads the whole of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), while also furthering Global Health Initiative priorities and policies.
On being announced as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients highlighted the need to focus on COVID internationally, saying “We will utilize the full capacity of the federal government…to rejoin the global fight against COVID-19 because no one is safe until everyone is safe.”
Zients previously served as the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy for President Obama and as acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2012 to 2013. He managed the 2013 Tech Surge of Healthcare.gov. Prior to joining the administration, Zients spent 20 years in the private sector and his expertise in business strategy, process reengineering, and financial management spans a range of industries and regions.