Consultancy and solutions provider Guidehouse has hired Donna Knutson, a 30-year public-health veteran, as a strategic business adviser.
Knutson’s career has spanned local, state and federal public health agencies, as well as non- and for-profit institutions. She served previously as deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, and at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a position she retired from in 2018 as a member of the Senior Executive Service.
From February 2020 to early April 2020, Knutson represented the CDC Office of the Director in the Secretary’s Operations Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Response Coordination Center as the national COVID-19 response began.
She also held leadership positions in CDC’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Terrorism Prevention and Emergency Response, and Center for Injury Prevention and Control during which she coordinated the CDC’s $900 million Prevention and Public Health Fund responsibilities after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Knutson has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in public policy and administration with a specialization in policy and law.