Department Leadership

Dr. Raynard Washington, Director

Dr. Raynard Washington is the director of the Public Health Department, one of four departments that make up the Mecklenburg County Health and Human Services Agency. He is responsible for managing all public health and environmental health activities in Mecklenburg County. 

Raynard joined the County in 2020 as deputy health director and was promoted to director in 2021. Prior to joining the County, he served as chief epidemiologist and deputy health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia and as a health research scientist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare, Research and Quality. 

Raynard holds a Bachelor of Science in biological science and chemistry, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Professional Organizations 

  • American College of Epidemiology (minority affairs committee) 

  • American Public Health Association 

  • National Association of City and County Health Officials 

  • National Healthy Start Association (immediate past president) 

    Headshot photo of Public Health Director Dr. Raynard Wshington.