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Monica Valdes Lupi

Executive Director, Public Health Commission

Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, serves as the Executive Director for the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) which is the City’s health department. In this role, she serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and continues to build innovative partnerships across City agencies to leverage strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents.

Among other public health priorities, she is committed to preventing and treating substance abuse, strengthening the City's partnerships with healthcare organizations to improve population health, and advancing health equity for all Bostonians. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England.

Prior to joining BPHC, Ms. Valdes Lupi served as the Chief Program Officer for the Health Systems Transformation team at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) where she led initiatives in the following programmatic areas: health equity, public health integration with primary care, Medicaid/Public Health Partnerships, public health informatics, and state health policy.

Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) before joining ASTHO. She led the day-to-day operations which included four public health hospitals, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic divisions that addressed chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse services, environmental health, tobacco control, maternal, child and adolescent health, and emergency preparedness.

Ms. Valdes Lupi also previously served as the Chief of Staff at the Boston Public Health Commission where she worked for more than six years. She managed the City's first campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and oversaw the distribution of nearly $2 million in grants aimed at improving the health for Boston's most vulnerable residents.

She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College. She and her husband live in Boston with their two children.