CAPT Nancy Knight
Director, Division of Global Health Protection, CDC
CAPT Knight has worked for CDC for the past ten years. Currently, she serves as the Director for the Division of Global Health Protection. Formerly, CAPT Knight was the Country Director for CDC-South Africa. Prior to her arrival in South Africa, CAPT Knight served in Kenya as the Director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV and TB, and in Nigeria as CDC’s Assistant Director for Clinical Programs for PEPFAR and then as CDC Country Director, where she also provided medical care to the mission community at the Embassy Health Unit in Abuja.
Throughout her international career, she has led the development, coordination, and implementation of key public health policies and programs. She provided the oversight and direction to the interagency PEPFAR program in each of these countries, which received $450-$500M annually. She has extensive experience advancing public health priorities through her leadership and close collaboration with government officials and partners.
CAPT Knight began her career with the U.S. government in HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions in 2001, serving in several different roles, including Branch Chief of the Primary Care Medical Education Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, and Deputy Director, Division of Medicine and Dentistry. CAPT Knight’s work in the division focused on improving the quality of primary care medical education and services in the United States, and included management of a budget of $93M and more than 450 grants annually. She has also worked in public health at the local government level with the City of Cincinnati Health Department, providing primary healthcare services and working on a number of response teams responsible for local and regional disaster response planning and coordination.
CAPT Knight received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Washington University. She attended the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with Honors. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and she is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Prior to medical school, CAPT Knight served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, where she worked as a secondary school science teacher.