Prior to returning to her role as the Chief of Staff to Dean Ashish Jha at Brown School of Public Health, Ms. Kopp was a policy advisor on the White House COVID-19 Response Team. While there, she coordinated the Federal Government's efforts on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) across the nation--in schools, in businesses, in nursing homes, and other shared public and private spaces. This body of work had a profound impact that led to the creation of the world's first pathogen-based IAQ standards as well as a set of guidance on IAQ metrics from the CDC and other Federal agencies. During her time at the White House, she built deep relationships with key industry leaders, respected academicians, and key professional societies, which she brought together at the first ever White House Summit on Indoor Air Quality--elevating the topic nationwide while fostering the kind of collaboration it takes to make real and sustainable progress.
Upon her return to Brown University, Ms. Kopp will serve as a Senior Advisor to the School of Public Health's Pandemic Center, where she will continue to drive this critical agenda. Brown's efforts will catalyze more action across sectors, ensuring new developing standards are adopted and that indoor air quality continues to be a priority for shared indoor public spaces. This work will have large public health benefits by reducing the national burden of respiratory diseases and will leverage Ms. Kopp’s breadth of policy expertise to help Americans make life saving improvements in the nation's buildings.