Kyle McGowan 

Founding partner, ascendant strategic partners (former chief of staff, Cdc)

Kyle McGowan has over a decade of federal service in both the legislative and executive branch.  He was most recently the Chief of Staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations and served as the senior advisor to the CDC Director on all matters before the agency.  He provided strategic planning and guidance for the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the EVALI vaping epidemic as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle also worked as the senior liaison to the White House, U.S. Dep. of Health and Human Service, World Health Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development on all public health matters and issues of national security.

Prior to joining CDC, Kyle served as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he worked in the immediate office of the Secretary and across all HHS staff and operating divisions to listen to and coordinate with external groups. He worked closely with the Secretary’s public affairs team to amplify and spread HHS’s priorities directly to external groups and partners and worked directly on many of the department’s priority issues including the opioids epidemic, drug pricing, and health reform.

Before joining the Department of Health and Humans Services, Kyle served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Price, M.D. In that role, he helped the Congressman develop a comprehensive strategy to promote priorities to constituents, local business leaders, and other elected officials.

Kyle has worked for multiple members of Congress and has experience running several congressional and statewide campaigns. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.