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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Steve Adams, MPH

Acting Director
Strategic National Stockpile
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Steven Adams serves as acting director of the Strategic National Stockpile located within the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

Mr. Adams has served in a variety of leadership roles over the past 30 years in contingency response programs as well as with public health efforts as varied as HIV field epidemiology to Cold War-era nuclear weapons production. He has represented ASPR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an emergency response and supply chain expert in ongoing collaborations with the World Health Organization, other United Nations agencies, and private sector partners to enhance the supply chain for medical materiel needed to address CBRNE threats, humanitarian assistance missions and to combat global pandemics. As part of the White House-led Global Health Security Initiative, he led technical assistance efforts to assist many high priority African countries in developing national-level medical logistics plans. In addition to technical and programmatic leadership, Mr. Adams has managed many large-scale public health emergency responses, including the SNS response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and led rapid field deployment teams.

Photograph of Steve Adams

He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a program certificate from Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

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  • This page last reviewed: August 06, 2021