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CDC Foundation Creates Innovation and Strategy Department, Announces Promotions in Advancement and P

January 25, 2017 – The CDC Foundation today announced the creation of an Innovation and Strategy Department that will focus on developing innovative approaches to connect the foundation to new partners, new types of relationships and support, and new programs to help extend the life-saving work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Foundation also announced promotions of staff to lead its Advancement and Programs Departments.

The new Innovation and Strategy Department is led by Chloe Knight Tonney, who was recently named chief innovation and strategy officer for the CDC Foundation. Tonney joined the CDC Foundation in 2002 and most recently served as senior vice president of external affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the foundation’s private-sector engagement activities, resource mobilization, program implementation and stewardship. Prior to joining the CDC Foundation, she was the director of leadership gifts at Agnes Scott College. Tonney received her bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

“The work of the CDC Foundation falls into three categories—core work to protect the public’s health, emergency responses and innovation,” said Judith Monroe, M.D., CDC Foundation president and CEO. “Our new innovation and strategy department will catalyze creative partnerships that will advance CDC’s mission to protect the health, safety and security of all Americans.”

Today the CDC Foundation also announced additional appointments, including naming Laura Angel as vice president for advancement and Brandon Talley, M.P.H., as vice president for programs.

Angel joined the CDC Foundation in 2011 as a senior advancement officer. She most recently served as associate vice president for advancement, where among other responsibilities she led the foundation’s resource mobilization efforts in support of CDC’s Zika emergency response activities. Previously Angel served as director of development at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and held key development officer roles at other non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance from the University of North Georgia.

Talley began his career at the CDC Foundation in 2008 on the tobacco control team. During his time at the Foundation he served as deputy chief operating officer of the tobacco control initiative, and most recently as associate vice president for programs. Prior to his work at the foundation, Talley worked for various non-profit organizations. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in science, technology and culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) specializing in health policy and management from Georgia State University. He is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate specializing in biostatistics at Georgia State University.

About the CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation advances the mission of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through effective philanthropy and public-private partnerships that protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. Established by Congress more than two decades ago, the CDC Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that has launched nearly 900 programs and raised more than $662 million through partnerships with philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals. The CDC Foundation currently manages more than 300 CDC-led programs in the United States and in 85 countries. For more information, please visit

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