Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, joined the de Beaumont Foundation as a Senior Fellow in January 2020. With more than 20 years of experience in public health, in her role as Senior Fellow, Monica serves an advisory and leadership role in the Foundation’s efforts to amplify and accelerate policy initiatives aimed at developing and advancing a health agenda on critical public health issues, such as tobacco control, racial justice, and health equity. Given her extensive experience in governmental public health, Monica also contributes to the Foundation’s activities on strengthening the public health workforce at state and local health departments, including playing an advisory role for the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS). She actively supports the Foundation’s priority programs in city policy, including CityHealth and the Big Cities Health Coalition. She also leverages her membership on national committees such as the Task Force for Guiding the Futures Initiative: Revisiting the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
Monica previously served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, the local health department for the City of Boston. In this role, she led one of the leading large city departments with more than 1,300 employees and a portfolio that included Boston Emergency Medical Services, the largest homeless services program in New England, school-based health centers, and other critical public health services. Prior to the Boston Public Health Commission, Monica also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she led the day-to-day operations for an agency that included public health hospitals, several regulatory bodies, and numerous public health programs. She also has experience working at the national level as the first Chief Program Officer for Health Systems Transformation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Monica led ASTHO’s work on health equity, Medicaid and Public Health Partnerships, government relations, state health policy, and public health informatics.
She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and BA from Bryn Mawr College.