Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S. Ex Oficio (Secretary)


​Jane L. Delgado is President and Chief Executive Officer. She serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Labs and on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Delgado is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (Vice Chair), Northern Virginia Health Foundation (Immediate Past Chair), Keystone Policy Center (Keystone, CO),  and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. She was appointed by DHHS Secretary Sebelius to the National Biodefense Science Board and was appointed by the Senate majority leader to the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC) authorized by Congress. Dr. Delgado serves on the national advisory council for Mrs. Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health and is a member of BankInter’s Future Trends Forum in Madrid, Spain.

​Dr. Delgado is a highly respected and sought after thought leader and commentator. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, El Mundo (Spain), and many other publications. She is the recipient of many awards for her work. For example, in 2015 she received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation, the Dr. Harvey Wiley Award (highest award given to a civilian).  In 2015, Latino Leaders named her to the 101 Most Influential Latinos in the U.S., in 2010, Ladies Home Journal named her one of the “Ladies We Love” and in 2008, WebMD recognized her as one of four Health Heroes for her dedication and resilience. A practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Delgado launched her book series the Buena Salud® Guides in 2011. The series includes for “…a Healthy Heart,” “…Living with Diabetes,” “Overcoming Depression and Enjoying Life,” and “…Arthritis and Your Life” (English & Spanish editions, HarperCollins, 2012). Previous books include the critically acclaimed “Salud-- The Latina Guide to Total Health “(HarperCollins 1997, 2002),“The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers” (English & Spanish editions, Newmarket Press, 2010). “Salud— The Latina Guide to Total Health,” “The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers”, and “The Buena Salud® Guide for a Healthy Heart,” were all chosen by the Library Journal as one of the best health books for the year they were published.

Dr. Delgado served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Working under then DHHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, she was a key force in the development of the landmark “Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.” Prior to working for DHHS, she held a variety of positions including Children’s Talent Coordinator for Sesame Street.

In 1981, she was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from the W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences.