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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Steve Curren, MSFS,

Director for the Division of Resilience
Office of Emergency Management
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

​Steve Curren serves as the Director of the Division of Resilience, which works to strengthen healthcare and public health organizations so that they can continue to perform life-saving work in the face of emergencies, disasters, and security threats. The Division is composed of a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Branch and a Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Branch. Since his arrival at HHS in 2008, Steve has focused on a wide range of critical infrastructure matters affecting the healthcare and public health sector. These include physical security, cybersecurity, supply chain continuity, business continuity, pandemic preparedness, extreme weather preparedness, and other areas of risk management. He served as lead for the Department in the development and implementation of policies such as Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Executive Order 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and the Protection and Mitigation Frameworks developed under Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8). In all of these efforts, he has focused on partnership, information sharing, and collaboration among public and private sector entities to advance
shared security and resilience goals.


Prior to joining ASPR, Steve worked for five years at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), where he served as Senior Director for Public Health Preparedness. At ASTHO he directed a program to develop and disseminate model policies and practices to advance public health preparedness for State and Territorial public health agencies. Steve began his career as an industry consultant on public health and regulatory policy issues, with a focus on U.S. and European regulatory affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wake Forest University and Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University with Honors in International Business Diplomacy. He has completed executive crisis leadership training through Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar.

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  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017