The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) President, Dr. Umair A. Shah, announced Ms. Lori Tremmel Freeman as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) this week. Ms. Freeman returns to NACCHO having previously served as NACCHO’s Associate Executive Director for Administration and Advancement from 2010 – 2014.
“On behalf of the NACCHO Board of Directors, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Lori back to NACCHO to lead our organization.” said Dr. Shah, NACCHO President and Executive Director of Harris County Public Health. “Public health agencies are confronting uncertain times and it is important we have a leader that can work with local health departments through the various challenges they are facing. Lori’s dedication and experience will only further NACCHO’s ongoing efforts in supporting the work of local health departments. The NACCHO Board and organization wish her continued success and look forward to working with her to ensure NACCHO continues to advocate effectively for local public health.”
Ms. Freeman brings three decades of Washington, D.C. experience as an association management professional and has been working within public health organizations over the last 15 years. Most recently, she served as the CEO of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP). While at AMCHP, she shepherded AMCHP through a complete financial turn-around, leading the organization to successive years of net profit while also growing the organization’s overall programmatic budget.
[Photo: Ms. Lori Freeman]
Ms. Freeman expressed her eagerness to return to NACCHO as its CEO:
“Coming back to this organization that I love so much is beyond exciting for me. NACCHO has continued to thrive while I’ve been away, leaving me in a great position to raise the bar and seize new opportunities to grow and strengthen the organization. I am anxious to elevate the voice of local public health and ensure that NACCHO is relevant, responsive, member-driven, and a fiscally sustainable organization.”
Ms. Freeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in management sciences from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and went on to complete a Masters degree in business administration with a marketing minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The NACCHO Board welcomes Ms. Freeman back to the organization and feels confident her return will bring continuity to the organization that has been operating without a permanent CEO since 2017. The Board thanks all of the NACCHO staff and expresses gratitude for all those fulling multiple roles during this time of transition. Ms. Freeman will transition to NACCHO beginning May 1.