In his role as Vice President and Director of Strategic Initiatives for SRA's Global Health Sector, Stewart Simonson manages SRA's thought leadership on key health topics and provides strategic consulting for health-related projects and proposals.
Simonson has nearly 18 years of experience serving in various leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining SRA in the acquisition of Constella Group, LLC, in August 2007, Simonson served as vice president for global public health preparedness, leading Constella's preparedness programs and launching initiatives to broaden the company's extensive preparedness expertise and its support of both public and private sector constituents.
Before joining Constella, he spent nearly five years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving in a variety of senior roles, including assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness. In that role, he coordinated public health preparedness activities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health. He also represented HHS in negotiations with foreign governments and international agencies on public health preparedness matters. He was instrumental in preparedness planning for Pandemic Avian Influenza and was responsible for implementing the Project BioShield Act of 2004.
Simonson has received several awards in recognition of his contributions to public health, including The Surgeon General's Medallion and the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research's Public Health Achievement Award.