Raed Mansour is the Director for the Office of Innovation at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). As part of senior management at CDPH, he led their award-winning first Office of Innovation, using a health equity lens to be a catalyst for innovation and create long-lasting transformational improvements in public health. He works on building capacity through unique collaborations with communities, nonprofits, businesses, academia, and government for CDPH’s public health initiatives in urban and data science, informatics, app development, and program improvements. Raed was also detailed as the Public Health Technology Group Supervisor for the Health and Medical Branch of the Operations Section during the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 sustained response.
As a trained TreeKeeper by Openlands, opportunities to build community-based relationships formed to help him bring public health and trees together. Raed then led CDPH to join the Chicago Region Trees Initiative’s Executive Advisory Council and was instrumental in creating CDPH’s Environmental Health Scientific & Technical Advisory. Openlands’ work in conserving natural resources for cleaner air and water, and to protect natural areas and wildlife to improve quality of life is at the intersection of improving public health so all people can experience the health benefits of nature firsthand.
Raed immigrated from Amman, Jordan with his parents and was raised in Chicago’s Hegewisch. He now lives in Albany Park with his wife, Salina, who is a second-grade schoolteacher. They are both avid neighborhood volunteers and, as birders, they also have the privilege to serve as Piping Plover Monitors for the third year in a row. Raed is also planning a natural bird habitat with a team of neighborhood volunteers with the Chicago Audubon Society at River Park, the same park he adopted as part of Openlands’ TreeKeeper program.
Raed earned a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, while working as a student researcher in genetic engineering at the Laboratories of Renewable Resources Engineering. Additionally, he has a Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University where he also taught for five years, and a Certificate in Predictive Analytics from DePaul University. He is an active member of the American Public Health Association, Sigma Xi scientific research honor society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.