Avery Waite

For the past seven years, I have worked at the nexus of social impact, healthcare, and innovation. My passion for making healthcare more affordable and accessible in low-resource settings led me to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where I managed portfolios of innovations that aimed to improve our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to Ebola, Zika, and other infectious disease outbreaks more effectively. I subsequently worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) researching novel healthcare products and negotiating pricing deals with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to ensure expanded access to therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines, and medical equipment in low- and middle-income countries.‬

When I made the decision to return to graduate school, I knew I wanted to study both public health and business. I ultimately pursued my Master in Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University and my MBA at Ross. I knew Ross would be a great fit for me given its commitment to action-based learning, strong healthcare program, and its diverse, supportive community! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about healthcare, moving to Ann Arbor with a partner and dogs, life in the Midwest after living in NY and DC, or anything else that would be useful!