The President’s Commission on White House Fellows has announced the appointment of the 2022-2023 class of White House Fellows, which includes Elizabeth Ragan, a 2013 graduate of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

The White House Fellows program offers young leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows spend a year working with senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries, and other top-ranking administration officials, and leave equipped to serve as better leaders in their communities. Fellowships are awarded on a non-partisan basis.

Ragan is from Beavercreek, Oregon, and is placed at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is a public health professional with expertise in infectious diseases who has managed a range of global and domestic research portfolios.

In response to COVID-19, Ragan worked for Boston Medical Center leadership to launch and sustain a novel biorepository to support critical pandemic response research. She also managed a Massachusetts-wide program addressing inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and care. Most recently, she served in a senior management role in research operations for the center.

Ragan is a disability and DEI advocate, and is a former member of Oregon Health Authority’s Health Equity Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University where she graduated summa cum laude and received both the Waldo-Cummings and Kalervo Oberg Outstanding Senior Awards. She earned her Master of Public Health in global health and epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health.