Who’s Who – Covid-19 Oversight Hub

Learn more about the key players in the government’s pandemic response, from task force members and public health officials to lobbyists and drug companies.

Amy Abernethy
Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA

Jerome Adams
Surgeon General of the United States
Adams serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Stacy Amin
Chief Counsel, FDA

Alex Azar
Secretary, HHS
Azar serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Rachael Baitel
Political appointee, USAID
A former aide to Ivanka Trump, Baitel took on a supervisory role on Jared Kushner’s volunteer task force.

Stephen Biegun
Deputy Secretary of State
Biegun serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Deborah Birx
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator
Birx serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and is detailed to the White House from the State Department, where she serves as U.S. Global Aids Coordinator

Robert Blair
Director of Policy, Commerce
Blair, who formerly was a top adviser to former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Adam Boehler
CEO, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
Boehler, who was Jared Kushner’s college roommate, was a participant in Kushner’s “shadow” coronavirus task force. 

Rick Bright
Former Director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development (BARDA)
After his removal from his position as BARDA director, Bright filed a whistleblower complaint claiming his reassignment was an act of retaliation for not promoting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19.

Duane Caneva
Chief Medical Officer, DHS
In late February 2020, Caneva initiated an email thread that became known as “Red Dawn,” in which both public and private health officials discussed their alarm over the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Ben Carson
Secretary, HUD
Carson serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Francis Collins
Director, NIH
Collins serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Brett Crozier
Captain, U.S. Navy
The former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Crozier was relieved of his command for sounding the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak aboard the carrier.

Ken Cuccinelli
Acting Deputy Secretary, DHS
Cuccinelli serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Gary Disbrow
Acting Director, BARDA

Kelvin Droegemeier
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Droegemeier serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Thomas J. Engels
Administrator, HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
Engels serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Fauci serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Pete Gaynor
Administrator, FEMA

Brett Giroir
Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
Adm. Giroir is designated as the Trump administration’s “coronavirus testing czar.”

Joe Grogan
Former Director, Domestic Policy Council
Grogan serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Stephen Hahn
Commissioner, FDA
Hahn serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Robert Kadlec
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS

Derek Kan
Executive Associate Director, OMB
Kan serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Larry Kudlow
Director, National Economic Council
Kudlow serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Jared Kushner
Senior Adviser to the President
The president’s son-in-law is reportedly running a “shadow” coronavirus task force that includes private-industry representatives.

Michael Lauer
Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH
Laurer cut off funding to EcoHealth Alliance for research on how coronaviruses spread from bats to people after it was reported that EcoHealth Alliance previously had ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Keagan Lenihan
Chief of Staff, FDA

Christopher Liddell
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, White House
Liddell serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Peter Marks
Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA
Marks temporarily served on Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s effort to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, before returning to the FDA full-time, having reportedly clashed with Deborah Birx. It is unclear if he still serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Kyle McGowan
Chief of Staff, CDC

Carter Mecher
Senior Medical Adviser, VA
Mecher was a participant on the “Red Dawn” email chain (see Duane Caneva), having written an email explaining that the U.S. could potentially face as many as 1.7 million deaths as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Nancy Messonnier
Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Messonnier was reportedly sidelined after she contradicted statements made by other federal officials in late February that the virus had been contained.

Brian Miller
Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery
Miller is a former White House lawyer who helped defend the president during impeachment proceedings and is tasked with overseeing the distribution of coronavirus relief funds.

Katie Miller
Press Secretary, Office of the Vice President
Miller (née Waldman) was tasked with managing communications regarding coronavirus in a late-February government-wide email from then-White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
Mnuchin serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Justin Muzinich
Deputy Secretary of Treasury
Muzinich has been involved in the bailout packages, and was sent to the Small Business Administration to oversee the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Peter Navarro
Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
In late March, Trump named Navarro as the new coordinator for Defense Production Act policy.

Robert O’Brien
National Security Adviser, White House
O’Brien serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Mike Pence
Vice President
Pence is the chair of White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Sonny Perdue
Secretary, USDA
Perdue serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Gustave F. Perna
Chief Operating Officer, Operation Warp Speed; U.S. Army General
Perna, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, was charged with managing coronavirus vaccine development.

John Polowczyk
Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Rear Adm. Polowczyk is leading FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force.

Matthew Pottinger
Deputy National Security Adviser
Pottinger serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Robert R. Redfield
Director, CDC
Redfield serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Eugene Scalia
Secretary, Labor Department
Scalia serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Anne Schuchat
Principal Deputy Director, CDC

Moncef Slaoui
Chief Adviser, Operation Warp Speed
Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines division, was charged with managing coronavirus vaccine development.

Brad Smith
Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, CMS
Smith was a participant in Kushner’s “shadow” coronavirus task force.

Timothy Stenzel
Director, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, FDA
Stenzel found evidence of contamination in CDC labs that rendered early coronavirus tests ineffective.

Joel Szabat
Acting Undersecretary for Policy, Transportation Department
Szabat serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Nat Turner
CEO, Flatiron Health
Outside adviser on Kushner’s “shadow” coronavirus task force.

Seema Verma
Administrator, CMS
Verma serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Robert Wilkie
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Wilkie serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Janet Woodcock
Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

Kevin Yeskey
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS