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Meet Marsha B. Henderson, Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health

 Marsha B. Henderson, FDA Associate Commissioner for Women

Marsha B. Henderson serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this role, she leads women’s health research and outreach activities across the Agency. She is responsible for:

  • Directing the Office of Women’s Health at the FDA.
  • Coordinating FDA policy, research, and outreach efforts to protect and advance the health of women.
  • Advocating for the participation of women in clinical trials and for sex, gender, and subpopulation analyses.

During her 14 years at the FDA, Ms. Henderson has served as an expert in the development of public-private partnerships, cross-cutting research teams, and culturally appropriate consumer information. She developed the award winning “Take Time to Care” outreach initiative and built a network of national organizations that work collaboratively to disseminate FDA information to consumers, scientists, and health professionals.

Ms. Henderson has served the U.S. government for over 25 years. Prior to joining FDA, she held several positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) including Director of Placement for the National Health Service Corps and Chief of Analysis and Information for the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. She also served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor and Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Interagency Council on the Homeless at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Ms. Henderson holds a graduate degree in Planning and Public Policy with a concentration in hospital administration from Rutgers University.