Dr. Howell Wechsler

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, chief executive officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is a national expert on childhood obesity, having previously served as the director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the Alliance, Dr. Wechsler leads a team of more than 110 professional staff in 40 states and the District of Columbia taking action to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by making it easier for kids to be physically active and eat healthier foods. Prior to taking on the role of Alliance CEO in 2013, Dr. Wechsler spent 18 years at the CDC, joining as a health scientist in 1995, and most recently serving as the director of DASH from 2004 to May 2013.