Stephanie Wasserman, MSPH

Stephanie joined the Immunize Colorado as executive director in 2012. Under her leadership, the organization has deepened its policy focus, expanded key partnerships and significantly increased foundation revenues. Key successes include overseeing research on vaccine attitudes, strengthening the sharing and use of actionable data, spearheading the passage of evidence-based immunization legislation, launching new parent engagement strategies and earning a 2017 finalist award for Small Non-Profit of the Year. Stephanie’s more than 25 years of experience managing public and community health initiatives include leading all aspects of a $2.5 million statewide initiative to promote school health and wellness. She also managed school-based health centers and community clinics throughout Colorado providing behavioral health, oral health and primary care services, including immunizations, to medically underserved children. At the National Conference of State Legislatures, Stephanie served as a program director and provided expertise on priority public health issues to state lawmakers across the country. She served as the board chair of the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care and a member-at-large at Colorado Public Health Association. She is also a founding board member of Academy 360, a public charter school with a core focus on student wellness and health promotion. In 2015 Stephanie won the Colorado Public Health Association’s Public Health Champion award.

Favorite Movie/Book: Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

Personal Hero: My personal hero is Janet Jagan, a public health nurse and relative who started life in Chicago as a daughter of Jewish immigrants. She ended up becoming the first American-born female president of Guyana, a South American country where she worked tirelessly with her husband, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, who also served for a time as the president, to improve conditions in that country including poverty, economic development and health care.

Hometown Fun Fact: I grew up in Chicago and lived around the block from Muhammad Ali who used to open up his beautiful house to neighbors to watch movies of his fights and to just “hang out.” He was always so friendly and gracious, especially to the mob of kids who he was always joking around with and signing autographs.

Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado: I love to hike with my family and dog, especially a great day-hike that provides us with a beautiful scenic trip, and then be home in time for dinner.

Why Vaccinate: I’m grateful for vaccines because in a world full of so many significant challenges, immunizations provide clear protection and one less worry about health and wellness for me, my family and my community.