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FDA Public Affairs Specialists

Field Public Affairs Specialists (PASs) are key links between the Agency and our constituents throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. They serve as FDA's community-based educators.

The PASs respond to consumer, health professional, academia, health educator, media, industry, and Federal, State, and local official requests related to FDA's authority, outreach activities, and the products that FDA regulates. 

PASs promote FDA initiatives and outreach programs by:

  • planning, developing, and conducting presentations, workshops, and seminars
  • designing and staffing local exhibits and assisting with national exhibit programs
  • working with Federal, State and local governments and organizations
  • serving as local broadcast and print media spokespersons
  • conducting outreach programs for minority and under-served populations
  • facilitating and implementing special national and local educational programs

To find the Public Affairs Specialist near you, find your location in the table below. Do not e-mail requests for information to multiple Public Affairs Specialists as it will only delay receipt of a response.

 

Public Affairs Specialist District Offices Covered States Covered

David Arvelo, Health Communications Specialist
(214) 253-4979
david.arvelo@fda.hhs.gov 

  • Kansas City District Office
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Missouri

Anitra D. Brown-Reed, Health Communications Specialist
(215) 717-3004
anitra.brownreed@fda.hhs.gov

  • Cincinnati District Office
  • Philadelphia District Office
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania

Adrienne Dukes, Public Affairs Specialist
(410) 779-5136  
adrienne.dukes@fda.hhs.gov

  • Baltimore District Office
  • New Jersey District Office
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Virginia

Maggie Fu, Health Communications Specialist
425-302-0346
maggie.fu@fda.hhs.gov

  • Seattle District Office
  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Carol Gallagher, Public Affairs Technician
(317) 226-6500 x 109
carolann.gallagher@fda.hhs.gov

  • Indianapolis Resident Post
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Sylvia E. Gaytan, Public Affairs Specialist
(214) 253-5295
sylvia.gaytan@fda.hhs.gov

  • Southwest Imports District
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Diana Monaco, RDN, CDN - Public Affairs Specialist
(716) 846-6204
diana.monaco@fda.hhs.gov

  • New York District Office
  • Downstate New York

Devin Koontz, Lead Health Communications Specialist
(303) 236-3019
devin.koontz@fda.hhs.gov

  • Denver District Office
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Christinae` Hudson – Health Communications Specialist 
(312) 596-6514
Christinae.Hudson@fda.hhs.gov 

  • Chicago District Office
  • Minneapolis District Office
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

Diana Monaco, RDN, CDN - Public Affairs Specialist
(716) 846-6204
diana.monaco@fda.hhs.gov

  • New York District Office
  • Upstate New York

JoAnn Pittman, Public Affairs Specialist
(404) 253-1272
joann.pittman@fda.hhs.gov

  • Atlanta District Office
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Kim Prenter, Health Communications Specialist
(305) 816-1474
kim.prenter@fda.hhs.gov

  • Florida District Office
  • New Orleans District Office
  • Alabama
  • Florida (Primarily South Florida)
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee

Dawn Pyant, Public Affairs Specialist
(313) 393-8196
dawn.pyant@fda.hhs.gov

  • Detroit District Office
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Rosario Quintanilla, Public Affairs Specialist
(949) 608-4407
maria.quintanilla@fda.hhs.gov

  • Los Angeles District Office
  • Arizona
  • Southern California
  • Nevada

Mary Ellen Taylor, Health Communications Specialist
(510) 337-6888
maryellen.taylor@fda.hhs.gov

  • San Francisco District Office
  • Seattle District Office
  • Northern CA
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada

Lisa Theirl, Health Communications Specialist
(214) 253-5266
lisa.theirl@fda.hhs.gov

  • Dallas District Office
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Nilda Villegas, Public Affairs Specialist
(787) 729-8727
nilda.villegas@fda.hhs.gov

  • San Juan District Office
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Stewart Watson, Educator
(407) 475-4756
stewart.watson@fda.hhs.gov

  •  Florida District Office
  •  Florida (Primarily North Florida)

Diana Monaco, RDN, CDN - Public Affairs Specialist
(716) 846-6204
diana.monaco@fda.hhs.gov

  • New England District Office
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont