Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Jessie Tenenbaum, PhD, serves as the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for DHHS, where she oversees data strategy across the Department enabling the use information to inform and evaluate policy and improve the health and well-being of residents of North Carolina. Prior to taking on the role of CDO, Dr. Tenenbaum was a founding faculty member of the Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics within Duke University's Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics where her research focused on informatics methods to enable precision medicine, particularly in mental health. She is also interested in ethical, legal, and social issues around big data and precision medicine. Nationally, Dr. Tenenbaum has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard, Dr. Tenenbaum was a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA for six years before pursuing a PhD in biomedical informatics at Stanford University. Dr. Tenenbaum is a strong promoter and advocate of young women interested in in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.