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Jack Faris

Former CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute; former director of communications for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jack Faris is a member of APCO Worldwide’s Health Advisory Board, a specialty group within the firm’s International Advisory Council that comprises more than 20 former chief medical officers, public health leaders, heads of communication of large pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and former health policy officials.

Since 2012, Mr. Faris has been an independent consultant, working with the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, Data Enable Life Sciences Alliance and other health care organizations.

Prior to working as a consultant, Mr. Faris was the CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit scientific research institute. He developed strategic alliances with the Swedish Medical Center, as well as the Washington global health community. Previously, Mr. Faris was the director of communications for the Rural Development Institute (now Landesa), where he created a comprehensive communications strategy for the organization, which was experiencing rapid growth and change.

Mr. Faris also previously worked on several independent consulting projects including the development of a communications strategy for the Washington Global Health Alliance and helping to plan for the Initiative for Global Development’s National Summit on Global Poverty. Additionally, he served as president of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association for four years.

Mr. Faris holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.