Dr. Linda Alexander
Linda Alexander is currently serving as Chair, Board of Directors, for Women Deliver, an international NGO dedicated to achieving the UN development goals of reducing premature morbidity and mortality of women, especially in the developing world. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Cervical Cancer Free America. She recently retired from QIAGEN Corporation where she served as Vice President, Women’s Health and Global Advocacy. In this capacity she had oversight for global corporate Women’s Health initiatives, the Global Market Development Team, women’s health education efforts, and public advocacy programs. Her primary mission was to engage, energize and catalyze women’s advocacy and public sector interests in cervical cancer prevention. She served in a similar role as VP, Women’s Health for Digene Corporation before it was acquired by QIAGEN.
Linda has an extensive career in public health and women’s health education and advocacy. Prior to joining QIAGEN, she served for five years as President and CEO of ASHA, the American Social Health Association. As ASHA President/CEO she provided national leadership and worked in close partnership with industry, federal leaders, and health advocates to promote national awareness and resources for all sexually transmitted diseases. She led the design of the National STD Action Plan, the Stop the Spread of Herpes Campaign, and the design of the National HPV and Cervical Cancer Resource Center.
Linda is a retired Lt. Colonel with the US Army Nurse Corps. Her military career included assignments in community health nursing in the U.S. and Europe, and she was a Nurse Epidemiologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. As a public health and women’s health educator, she held academic positions at the University of Maryland, College Park and at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences., Bethesda, MD. While at the University of Maryland, she developed the academic curriculum for doctoral specialization in Women’s Health. In her position as VP for Women’s Health and Science with United Information Systems, she provided leadership with the Department of Defense Congressionally appropriated research programs in Breast Cancer, Osteoporosis, Prostate and Ovarian Cancer.
Linda is nationally known for her leadership in public health, women’s health and women’s health advocacy. She has published extensively on women’s health issues. Her many honors include appointments to national advisory panels on infectious diseases and women’s health. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and she is the first author of the lead national college women’s health textbook, New Dimensions in Women’s Health. Linda holds a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing (BSN -University of Maryland 1972), a Master’s Degrees in Education/Counseling (MSEd -Univ of Southern California 1977), a Master’s Degree in Community health Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Health Education. (PhD – University of Maryland.)