Walter Harris has more than 27 years of experience in the private sector and the federal government providing executive leadership in the areas of public health and health care operations, information technology, and organizational development. He has served as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Chief Operating Officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2012, maintaining oversight of $4.7B, 16,000 full time employees, and 5,000 contractors, and overseeing FDA’s business, financial management, and operational programs for the agency world-wide.
Harris began his career serving a six-year tenure with the U.S. Air Force and then Sodexho Marriott Corporation as a food service manager in the health care division, where he eventually advanced to operations officer. In 2002, he became an Enterprise Systems Manager (ESM) for the Veterans Health Administration, ultimately serving as Director of the ESM Office managing a portfolio of health management. In 2006, Mr. Harris was appointed as the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.He then joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008 as the Chief Management Officer for the Coordinating Center for Health and Information Services, and was later appointed as the Deputy Director of the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services
Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts in management and communication from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is an honorably discharged, former U.S. Air Force member and a certified Project Management Professional.