Jo Ellen Warner
Communications Senior Specialist
Jo Ellen Warner serves as senior communications specialist at MSH and staff writer to MSH's senior fellow, Dr. Jonathan Quick. She has held communications and public affairs roles in public health at every level — city, county and state heath departments, WHO — as well as for U.S. elected officials. Jo Ellen has also directed communications for reproductive justice organizations, a science and technology innovation nonprofit, and economic development and civil rights agencies. She has taught emergency risk communications at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and designed popular online courses on the subject for Northwest Center for Public Health Practice as well as for WHO in the Asia Pacific. She has been a first responder to infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters and civil unrest, and a communications section chief for full-scale U.S. and global health preparedness exercises, and has managed CDC projects in emergency preparedness and response. Jo Ellen is adept at using the power of stories, imagination, media and technology to unpack complex issues, receiving the Gold Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication from the National Public Health Information Coalition. As a former director of policy and outreach for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Jo Ellen also received the Mayor's Champion of Diversity Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Sixties Chronicle and The Civil Rights Chronicle: The African-American Struggle for Freedom.