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Walter Harris, MBA

Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Walter Harris, MBA, joins the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine as Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance. He leads the planning and implementation of all operational and financial aspects of the School, including finance and human resources. He also acts as a primary executive liaison to the School’s information technology and capital planning partners. Previously, he was the principal business and financial advisor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University. Harris has provided executive leadership in the areas of public health operations, healthcare operations, information technology, and organizational development for nearly three decades in the private sector and the federal government. He served for six years in the U.S. Air Force and was selected to serve as a liaison to U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. He was recalled to active service during Operation Desert Storm. Later, as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, he had oversight of a $4.5 billion operating budget, 16,000 federal staff, and 5,000 contract staff. Additionally, he was responsible for delivering a range of enterprise business services for the agency worldwide, including information technology, ethics and conflict of interest, equal employment opportunity, human resources, safety, security, facilities and engineering, library services, acquisition, and financial management programs.

Education and Training

  • BA, Concordia University
  • MBA, Regis University
  • SES, Office of Personnel Management
  • PMP, Project Management Institute
  • Regulatory Leadership Training, Harvard University

Years

Selected Prior Positions

1988-2002 Various Healthcare and Hospital Management Executive roles
Healthcare Corporation of America and Community Health Systems
2002-2007 Director of Enterprise Systems
Veterans Health Administration
2007-2008 Deputy Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
2008-2012 Chief Management Official, Coordination Center Health Information Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2008-2012 Deputy Director, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2012-2016 Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
2016-2018 Associate Vice President for Administration and Operations and Chief Operating Officer
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Years

Selected Honors and Awards

2005 Exemplary Service Award
Department of Veterans Affairs
2007 Secretary's Commendation Award
Department of Veterans Affairs
2010 Director's Award H1N1
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2014 Blacks in Healthcare Award
BlackDoctor.org /Johns Hopkins
2015 Leadership in Government Award
Association For Federal Information Resources Management
2016 Distinguished Service Award
U.S. Food and Drug Administration