Georges Benjamin

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD. Photo by APHA

President Barack Obama yesterday announced his intent to appoint APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. The council advises the president and other federal leaders on the security and resilience of our nation’s infrastructure.

Created in 2001 under the Department of Homeland Security, the council works to improve the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors. It provides advice to heads of agencies that have shared responsibility for protecting critical infrastructure — including health and human services, water, transportation, defense and energy — on matters such as risk assessment, information sharing and management protocols.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country,” Obama said in a news release. “I look forward to working with them.”

Benjamin is one of four individuals the president announced who will join the council. The council, which is composed of up to 30 members, meets publicly four times a year.