Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician trained in pediatrics and epidemiology who has worked in a variety of roles in public health. In 2015, Farley was the CEO of The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit organization that uses messages in the mass media to combat the nation’s greatest health problems. From 2009 to 2014, Farley was the health commissioner for New York City. Before joining the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Agency, Farley was chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He served in the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and worked for the CDC and the Louisiana Office of Public Health from 1989 to 2000.
Jane Baker was appointed Chief of Staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in July 2014. Baker has served in the Department for 19 years, most recently as Chief of Staff and Director for the Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity. In these roles, Baker was responsible for administrative coordination in four City departments (Health, Human Services, Behavioral Health, and Homeless Services), where she oversaw Human Resources, Information Technology services, and management of customer services.
Within the Department of Public Health, Baker currently oversees the support services in the Office of the Health Commissioner, contract compliance for the Philadelphia Nursing Home, and department communications, facilities management, and performance management. She advises the Health Commissioner on a broad range of policy and legislative issues, and also serves as the Health Department’s Integrity Officer. Baker has a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from LaSalle University.