Kathy Talkington oversees teams of policy experts, scientists, and advocates for Pew’s work on public health issues, including the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the need for new antibiotics and safe drugs, health care products, and food. She also oversees the Health Impact Project, a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and represents Pew as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
Before joining Pew, Talkington managed immunization and infectious disease programs for the Association of State and Territorial Health Offices, where she developed policies on hospital-acquired infections, antimicrobial resistance, and issues related to immunization. Previously, she led strategic initiatives and programs on a wide range of health care issues for numerous nonprofit advocacy organizations and state and federal policymakers.
She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.