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Biography: Jack Herrmann, M.S.Ed., N.C.C., L.M.H.C.,

Deputy Director
Office of Policy and Planning
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Jack Herrmann, M.S.Ed., N.C.C., L.M.H.C., currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Planning (OPP) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Mr. Herrmann is responsible for leading strategic planning and evaluation, preparedness and response policy development and analysis, and coordination and collaboration with domestic and international partners to reduce adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.

Prior to his federal service, Mr. Herrmann served as a senior program officer on the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  His portfolio focused on policy issues related to public health and healthcare preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies.  Prior to joining the Academies, he served for eight years as the Senior Advisor & Chief, Public Health Programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), an association representing the interests of the
Jack Herrmann 

country’s 2,800 local governmental public health departments. His portfolio included programs in public health preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention and control, public health law, health and disability, and public health informatics. Prior to NACCHO, he was employed at the University of Rochester Medical Center for 18 years serving in various positions including Coordinator of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Director of Community and Consumer Affairs, Director of Strong EAP, Director of the Program in Disaster Mental Health, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester Schools of Medicine and Nursing. He has also provided clinical, teaching, and education services. Mr. Herrmann has served in volunteer staff or leadership positions with the American Red Cross for the past twenty years and responded to such disasters as the Northridge Earthquake, the events of September 11, 2001, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Mr. Herrmann earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College, a master’s degree in education in counseling, family, and work life studies from the University of Rochester, and is currently certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of New York.

  • This page last reviewed: August 21, 2017