Mitchell Zeller, J.D.
Mitch Zeller, J.D., has more than 25 years of regulatory, legislative, and communications experience working with federal health agencies on public health policy issues. At PinneyAssociates, he leads domestic and global efforts around strategic communications and health policy on the regulation of pharmaceuticals and tobacco products and the treatment of tobacco dependence.
From June 2000 until August 2002, Zeller was executive vice president of the American Legacy Foundation, a public health foundation located in Washington, D.C., created by the November 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. His responsibilities included marketing, communications, and strategic partnerships. In January 2002, Zeller created the foundation’s first Office of Policy and Government Relations.
From 1993 until June 2000, Zeller served as associate commissioner and director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Tobacco Programs where he built the first nationwide program to reduce youth access to tobacco. He served as the FDA’s representative on tobacco issues in all dealings with the Congress, federal and state agencies, public health groups and foreign governments. Zeller also served as an official U.S. delegate to the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
From 1988 to 1993, Zeller was counsel to the Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee where he conducted oversight of federal health and safety agencies. From 1982 to 1988, he served as assistant director for Legal Affairs with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer organization in Washington, D.C.
Zeller has published papers in several leading medical and public health journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, he has won many awards for his work on tobacco, including the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service and the National Public Affairs Special Recognition Award from the American Heart Association. Zeller also had the honor of being selected to travel to Moscow on behalf of President Bill Clinton to accept the “World No Tobacco Day” medal from the President of WHO in recognition of the Clinton Administration’s groundbreaking work on tobacco.
Zeller attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
He has a non-compensated appointment as Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and as Professorial Lecturer at the Washington College of Law at American University.