Biden Foundation Announces Key Policy Staff Hires

February 10, 2017


WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden Foundation, created to build on the Bidens’ long-standing work in areas such as violence against women, cancer, community colleges and equality, today announced several key hires in its Washington, D.C.-based office. Greg Simon will serve as Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative, Danielle Carnival will serve as Deputy Director; Mala Adiga joins as Director for Higher Education and Military Families; Katie Collins as a Policy Associate; and Lucy Moore as an Executive Assistant.

“I am happy to welcome Greg, Danielle, Mala, Katie and Lucy to the team at the Biden Foundation,” former Vice President Biden said. “I will rely on their considerable expertise and advice as the Foundation launches its important educational and public policy programming.”

Director, Biden Cancer Initiative

Greg Simon served as the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama and for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016.  Over the past nine months Greg and his team helped launch over seventy innovative collaborations.  Greg returned to the White House after serving as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor between 1993 and 1997.  Greg was the CEO of Poliwogg, a financial services company creating unique capital market opportunities in healthcare and life sciences.  Previously, Greg was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Policy and Patient Engagement at Pfizer, co-founded with Michael Milken, FasterCures/ The Center for Accelerating Medical solutions. With Leon and Debra Black, he co-founded the Melanoma Research Alliance.  Greg is a cancer survivor, having been recently successfully treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. 


Danielle Carnival most recently served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Director for the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Over her more than six years at the White House, she leveraged her technical scientific expertise to develop programs and policies to make progress on Obama Administration goals in partnership with Federal agencies and the private, academic and philanthropic sectors. This work spanned areas of health and biomedical policy, including cancer and neuroscience, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and advancing equity and promoting diversity in STEM fields, among others. Danielle assumed leadership roles for some of the Administration’s signature initiatives and events, most notably, the White House Cancer Moonshot, White House Science Fairs, College Opportunity Days of Action, and Computer Science for All and Diversity in STEM initiatives. Danielle received her Doctorate in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.


Mala Adiga served in the U.S. Department of State in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, overseeing a wide range of international educational programs, including the Fulbright and Gilman Programs. She has also served as Director for Human Rights in the National Security Staff’s (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate at the White House. Prior to joining NSS, she was an attorney at the Department of Justice, where she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General. Before entering government service, Mala worked for the Obama presidential campaign. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish.


Katie Collins served as the Policy Analyst on Vice President Biden’s White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force and the Special Assistant to the effort’s Executive Director. She previously worked in the Usher’s Office in the Executive Residence, where she managed daily operations on the White House complex, including First Family scheduling, media interviews and filming, and all personal and official receptions. Prior to joining the White House in 2011, she was a strategic planning consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, specializing in human capital management and business process reengineering for the Department of Defense. Katie is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in History and Political Science.


Lucy Moore most recently served as Special Assistant to US Secretary Thomas E. Perez at the Department of Labor, where she worked with agency leadership to develop all briefing materials for the Secretary. Prior to her role at DOL, Lucy was a White House intern with the National Economic Council, specifically focused on climate and workforce policy. Before moving to Washington, Lucy served in roles at Cerrell Associates in Los Angeles, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in San Jose, the US House Appropriations Committee, and abroad as a research intern for the Scottish Parliament. She received her BA from the University of Southern California.