Heidi Rebello is the Acting Associate Commissioner for External Affairs (OEA) within the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this role, Ms. Rebello oversees agency-wide communications activities about the FDA’s public health and regulatory activity. This includes the development, coordination and leadership of all FDA communications and outreach efforts to the news media, health professionals, patient advocates, industry, states, consumer groups and the general public. OEA also serves as the focal point for speechwriting, creative and editorial services, and best practices in digital and web technology.
Ms. Rebello has more than 25 years of experience in government public affairs, media relations, strategic communications and message development, including more than 14 years at the FDA. Prior to joining the FDA, she served as the Chief Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career, she held positions in media affairs, community relations and state relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston.