Staff

Gregory C. Simon, J.D.

President, Biden Cancer Initiative

Gregory C. Simon, J.D.

President, Biden Cancer Initiative

Greg Simon served as the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama and for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. Over nine months, Greg and his team helped launch over seventy innovative collaborations. Greg returned to the White House after serving as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor between 1993 and 1997.

Greg was the CEO of Poliwogg, a financial services company creating unique capital market opportunities in healthcare and life sciences. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Policy and Patient Engagement at Pfizer, co-founded with Michael Milken, FasterCures/ The Center for Accelerating Medical solutions, and with Leon and Debra Black co-founded the Melanoma Research Alliance. Greg is a cancer survivor, having been recently successfully treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Danielle Carnival, Ph.D.

Vice President, Biden Cancer Initiative

Danielle Carnival, Ph.D.

Vice President, Biden Cancer Initiative

Dr. Danielle Carnival most recently served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Director for the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Over her more than six years at the White House, she leveraged her technical scientific expertise to develop programs and policies to make progress on Obama-Biden Administration goals in partnership with Federal agencies and the private, academic and philanthropic sectors. This work spanned areas of health and biomedical policy, including cancer and neuroscience, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and advancing equity and promoting diversity in STEM fields, among others.

Danielle assumed leadership roles for some of the Administration’s signature initiatives and events, most notably, the White House Cancer Moonshot, White House Science Fairs, College Opportunity Days of Action, and Computer Science for All and Diversity in STEM initiatives. Danielle received her Doctorate in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

Cecilia Arradaza

Senior Director of Communications, Biden Cancer Initiative

Cecilia Arradaza

Senior Director of Communications, Biden Cancer Initiative

For more than 20 years, Cecilia Arradaza has worked to develop, design and deliver communications strategies that provoke discourse, engage broad audiences, and inspire action. She specializes in healthcare, medical research and financial communications and public affairs. Currently senior director of communications at the Biden Cancer Initiative, Cecilia is helping establish the effort’s presence and paving the path for meaningful impact.

Prior to the Initiative, she headed U.S. marketing for Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm, was executive director of communications for economic policy think tank and convener Milken Institute, and led communications and policy efforts at Milken Institute centers FasterCures and the Center for Financial Markets. She has also previously handled issues advocacy programs for foundation and corporate clients at Chandler Chicco Agency, Hyde Park Communications, and Powell Tate. She is on the board of the BrightFocus Foundation and the WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s network, and is also active in a number of local and international nonprofits. She graduated from the George Washington University at Mount Vernon College.

Lisa Simms Booth

Senior Director of Patient and Public Engagement, Biden Cancer Initiative

Lisa Simms Booth

Senior Director of Patient and Public Engagement, Biden Cancer Initiative

Lisa Simms Booth serves as the Senior Director of Patient and Public Engagement at the Biden Cancer Initiative, helping define the organization’s strategic priorities and programs. Lisa leads the Initiative’s advocacy outreach and collaboration strategies, including the design and coordination of the Biden Cancer Collaborative which develops solutions to shared challenges.

Prior to joining the Initiative, she was at FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, shaping its approach to accelerating medical progress through leadership roles in partnership development, external affairs and operations. Throughout her 14-year tenure at FasterCures, Lisa created programs that brought together pharmaceutical, biotech, philanthropic, and non-profit communities. Prior to joining FasterCures, she worked for a variety of political and advocacy organizations including LISTEN, Inc., The Alliance for Justice, Time Dollar Institute, Children’s Defense Fund, Democratic National Committee and the National Rainbow Coalition. She is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Michigan State University.  She is active in the music ministry and community outreach efforts for her church, Metropolitan AME, which recently celebrated its 180th Anniversary.

 

Catharine Young, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Science Policy, Biden Cancer Initiative

Catharine Young, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Science Policy, Biden Cancer Initiative

Dr. Catharine Young holds a doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences and currently serves as the Senior Director of Science Policy for the Biden Cancer Initiative. Prior to this position, Catharine served as the Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisor and Head of the D.C. team for the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Based at the British Embassy, Catharine influenced science and innovation policies of both the U.K. and U.S. governments, industry, and academia. Following her Postdoctoral training at Cornell University in Biomedical Engineering, Catharine was selected as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. Here she led international engagements on eliminating biological weapons, improving biosafety and biosecurity, and establishing and enhancing biosurveillance capacity. Catharine also co-founded Blueprint International, a non-profit dedicated to providing novel technological solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues.

Her recent awards include being selected as a TED Fellow, Alexandria 40 Under 40 and Social Enablers top 100 most inspiring social entrepreneurs. Catharine is an advocate for women in STEM and has been a contributor to major social and media networks including TED-Ed, the Guardian and the U.K. Science and Innovation Network.

Ariel Carmeli

Senior Director of Partnerships, Biden Cancer Initiative

Ariel Carmeli

Senior Director of Partnerships, Biden Cancer Initiative

Ariel is passionate to improve the health and well-being of people with unmet medical needs by working at the intersection of science, business, and informatics. In his current role, Ariel is responsible for developing relationships with and convening private sector companies, non-profit organizations, academic and medical institutions, philanthropists, patient and advocacy foundations, and others to develop new or scale existing actions and collaborations to make a decade’s worth of progress against cancer in half the time.

Prior to joining the Biden Cancer Initiative, Ariel was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company’s New York Office as part of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products practice. He led teams working on strategy and transformation efforts alongside senior management at pharma companies primarily focused on R&D and oncology, and also has experience in public health and regulatory affairs. He has bioinformatics research experience from internships at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ariel currently splits his time between New York City and Washington D.C., graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Mathematics and Pre-Med from Cornell University, and is originally from the San Francisco bay area.

Katie Maguire

Administrative Manager

Katie Maguire

Administrative Manager

Originally from Washington DC, Katie has returned to her hometown after living in both LA and NY.  Katie brings with her skills she has gained from both the finance and entertainment sectors, to build effective administrative teams and stream-lined structures and workflows within them. Katie studied classical arts at Ithaca London Center, and modern theater at the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. She also has a passion for STEM, which is evident by her latest work – a documentary profile she produced on aerospace engineer and explorer – Natalie Panek.

Jackson Frost

Communications Coordinator

Jackson Frost

Communications Coordinator

Jackson Frost joins the Initiative with experience in digital campaigns, graphic design, and social media management.  Most recently, he was a Junior Associate at Trippi, Norton, and Rossmeissl Campaigns, assisting in email programs, graphic design, video editing, and social media efforts for political campaigns and non-profits.  Before moving to Washington D.C, he worked in local politics in Orange County, CA aiding numerous campaigns with their digital and field efforts.

A native of Fullerton, California, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelors’ Degree in History and Political Science.  He is currently working towards his Masters in Political Communication at American University.