Anita Cicero

Anita Cicero, JD

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director

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Professional Profile

Working with the CEO, Ms. Cicero directs operations, strategic and budget planning, and program development. Since joining the Center, she has expanded the Center’s efforts in epidemic preparedness, nuclear resilience, and international programs. 

Ms. Cicero has authored or co-authored a number of widely cited articles and reports on biosecurity policy, pandemic preparedness, nuclear and radiological consequence management, biosurveillance, international disease surveillance, and public health law.  

In working to engage the Center in valuable new challenges, Ms. Cicero launched an initiative to improve mutual understanding and collaboration between U.S. and Chinese scientists and public health officials working on epidemic preparedness. She also led the Center’s effort to improve collaboration and sharing of expertise among international disease surveillance networks. 

Before joining the Center, Ms. Cicero spent nearly 2 decades as a practicing attorney in both the U.S. federal government and the private sector. She was   Managing Partner in charge of the Washington, DC, office of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP, where she was responsible for more than 300 lawyers and staff.  In her legal work, she created and managed a number of pharmaceutical consortia, with a particular focus on clinical research and regulatory compliance. Ms. Cicero’s work required constructive engagement with members of Congress, the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In this capacity, Ms. Cicero led a number of major initiatives related to compliance with international environmental treaty mandates, international data protection and security laws, medical countermeasure policies, and policies related to human subject research protections in clinical trials.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Cicero focused on environmental litigation and counseling. She started her career as a trial attorney in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section.

Ms. Cicero is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Oberlin College.