Ms. Morrison is the Assistant Commissioner for Operations in the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she leads a team serving as the focal point for coordination and management of ORA’s field activities, including the approval and issuance of assignments from headquarters and centers. In addition, Office of Operations provides direction to field scientific resources, field import operations, and serves as the contact point
to the U.S. Customs Service and other federal agencies involved in import activities.
Ms. Morrison received her B.A. in Biology from Regis College, and completed graduate work in Environmental Health at New York University; she has completed courses in Crisis Management Leadership and National Preparedness Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and also attained a graduate certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews in 2013.
Ms. Morrison was instrumental in monitoring the blood safety program in coordination with the American Red Cross. In 2002, FDA named Ms. Morrison the Director of Emergency Operations, Office of Crisis Management, where she directed and coordinated FDA’s emergency preparedness and response activities with other federal, state, local, and international agencies. In 2003 she became the first Director of the newly established Office of Crisis Management, where she advanced the priorities of the Commissioner through development and management emergencies, crisis management, and security policies and programs for FDA. Ms. Morrison returned to the Office of Regulatory Affairs in 2012 as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Operations, and a year later was officially named Assistant Commissioner. She has received numerous FDA awards and special citations for her public service. She embraces her role as a public servant and mentor to the next generation of those seeking to protect the public health.
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