Marion Ceraso, MHS, MA [Program Director]

Marion Ceraso is the program director for the Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship and the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute in the UW Population Health Institute.

Before joining the UWPHI in 2002, Marion’s professional experience included serving as the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control and directing two statewide tobacco control programs in the State of Maryland. During this time, she was involved in teaching and international research projects related to capacity building in tobacco control. She’s also developed professional education programs in public health, translated cancer-related research information for the public at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and worked as a community organizer in Newark, New Jersey.

Marion was trained in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and completed a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and program interests focus on the impact of public policies on health, as well as the use of journalistic tools in the investigation and communication of public health issues.

In addition to working with Fellows, Marion and the UW/MCW Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute team (including former Fellowship coordinator Lesley Wolf and current Fellowship coordinator Todd Stanley) work with communities around the state who are mobilizing to address local priorities and improve population health.

Marion considers herself lucky to live in a community with great accessibility to open space and community gardens where her family, including dog Luna, can get their hands/paws into the earth.