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Eric S. Coleman

Department of Agriculture

2022 fellow

Veterinarian, agriculture, and public health professional who collaborates globally to bolster national security, advance foreign policy objectives, and strengthen emergency response preparedness. Eric S. Coleman, D.V.M., M.P.A., is an accomplished veterinarian who has built effective partnerships with U.S. government leaders, foreign governments, international organizations, agricultural businesses, and other stakeholders. Dr. Coleman most recently served as the Director of the International Technical and Regulatory Capacity Building Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In this role, he led complex international capacity building programs that provided technical and regulatory assistance to U.S. and foreign governments to encourage the use of best practices for transboundary disease threats. These best practices included preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks, detecting threats early, and responding rapidly and effectively using multi-sectorial, international coordination and communication.

Dr. Coleman was recognized with the Department of Agriculture’s Abraham Lincoln Honor Award and Letter of Commendation from the U.S. Trade Representative, and Executive Office of the President for his leadership in resolving major animal health barriers to U.S. meat and poultry exports to South Africa. He also received a Letter of Commendation from the U.S.A. Poultry and Egg Export Council for his commitment to solving major market challenges faced by the U.S. poultry industry in the Middle East due to the avian influenza outbreak in the U.S.

Dr. Coleman has a B.S. in biology and a D.V.M. from Tuskegee University and an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship and residency in anatomic pathology at Washington State University and has pursued additional graduate studies in epidemiology and public health at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

As a WHLDP Fellow, Dr. Coleman is assigned to the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council.

In his new role, Dr. Coleman intends to bring his ability to build partnerships and collaborate with stakeholders to achieve cross-agency priorities for the Federal Government.


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