Deputy Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs

Global Biological Policy & Programs (NTI | Bio)

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Hayley Anne Severance is the deputy vice president for NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs team (NTI | bio). In that role, she supports and leads the team’s efforts to reduce biological risks that imperil humanity.

Severance joined NTI as senior program officer for NTI | bio in May 2018 and served most recently as senior director. Severance previously served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, where she developed strategic policy guidance for the Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) and led the Department’s efforts to advance the U.S. commitment under the Global Health Security Agenda.

From 2012-2014, Severance served as the epidemiology subject matter expert for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency CBEP.  In this role, she assessed international biological event surveillance, detection, and response systems and developed implementation strategies to meet CBEP programmatic goals in biosafety and biosecurity, cooperative biological research, and surveillance.

Prior to 2012, Severance consulted for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services as a Booz Allen employee.  Severance also served as an operational research and development team member of ‘Project Argus’, a disease prevention initiative at Georgetown University focused on detecting catastrophic biological events on an international scale.  Severance also planned and led networking and fundraising events for public health, Congressional, and corporate leaders for the Campaign for Public Health, an organization seeking to build support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Severance holds an M.P.H. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University and a B.S. in Public Health from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Severance is an alumna of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Fellowship.



Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative

Advances in biotechnology outpace national governments’ ability to provide needed oversight to prevent accidents or deliberate misuse of dangerous biological agents.


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