Speaker Bio


Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH

Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as Executive Director in February 2016. Among other public health priorities, she is committed to preventing and treating substance abuse, strengthening the city's partnerships with healthcare organizations, and advancing health equity for all Bostonians.

As the Executive Director of the BPHC, the city's health department, Ms. Valdes Lupi manages a $162M budget and leads 1,100 employees. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Valdes Lupi serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and continues to build innovative partnerships across city agencies to leverage strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents.

Prior to joining BPHC, Ms. Valdes Lupi served as the Chief Program Officer for the Health Systems Transformation team at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In this role, she led initiatives in the following programmatic areas: health equity, public health integration with primary care, Medicaid/Public Health Partnerships, public health informatics, and state health policy. Through this diverse portfolio, she led her team in strengthening the technical assistance and capacity building services provided to state and territorial health officials, senior deputies, and their leadership teams.

Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) before joining ASTHO. She supported Commissioner John Auerbach by leading the day-to-day operations of an agency with a budget of nearly $1B with 3,100 employees that included four public health hospitals, several regulatory bodies, and numerous programmatic divisions that addressed chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse services, environmental health, tobacco control, maternal, child and adolescent health, and emergency preparedness. Ms. Valdes Lupi also served as the Chief of Staff for Commissioner Auerbach at the Boston Public Health Commission where she worked for more than six years. She managed the City's campaign to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities and oversaw the distribution of nearly $2 million in grants aimed at improving the health for Boston's most vulnerable residents.

Ms. Valdes Lupi worked previously at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers as a policy analyst where she coordinated the activities for the Boston Conference of Community Health Centers. She received her JD from the Dickinson School of Law, her MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.