Kathy Talkington directs Pew’s work on antibiotics, seeking to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance by spurring the innovation of new antibiotics and ensuring the appropriate use of antibiotics in both human health care and in food animal production. She also represents Pew as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
Before joining Pew, Talkington managed the immunization and infectious disease programs at 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 in public affairs from the University of Texas, Austin.