Caitlin Rivers is an infectious disease epidemiologist and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Rivers’ work focuses on improving our national response to epidemics, pandemics and deliberate events. Notably, she was a long-time proponent for the creation of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics, which was established in an executive order on President Biden’s first full day in office. In 2021, she joined the CDC for one year to help found the CFA.
Dr. Rivers has also helped to guide the US response to COVID-19, including through the publication of influential reports and op-eds, including "National Coronavirus Response: A Roadmap to Reopening," which was referenced on FAQ embedded in every New York Times story on coronavirus during spring of 2020. She is the lead author on the report Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors, which was used by the National Governors Association, the state of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to guide reopening plans.
Dr. Rivers has testified in front of Congress multiple times, including during one of the earliest hearings on the coronavirus pandemic. She served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team. She regularly advises senior leaders at the state and local level, as well as Congressional committees and offices.