Joye Purser, PhD

Science Policy Panel

Job Title: Management Consultant, Public Health Sector

Current Employer: Guidehouse Consulting, LLC


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX (2002)

  • B.S. in Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (1996)


Dr. Purser has extensive experience in public policy and government. Currently she serves as a business process improvement expert to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, on behalf of Guidehouse Consulting, the public sector spinoff of Price Waterhouse Coopers. 

Serving the public for nearly 20 years in Washington, Dr. Purser led operations research within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  She specialized in medical information technology, complex business systems, chemical and biological defense, and space/ satellite assets. In 2018 Dr. Purser was selected to serve in the White House at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she was responsible for ensuring alignment of the $93 billion defense research budget with presidential policy priorities. While there, she became an expert in semiconductors and supply chain policy.

Before that, Dr. Purser worked on Capitol Hill as a seasoned legislative staffer, supporting two different members of Congress on the House Science Committee.  There, she drafted a bill augmenting the inclusion of women and minorities in areas like math and physics where they currently are underrepresented.  She arranged town hall events to educate constituents on health care policy developments and contributed to the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, specifically in designing protections for individuals with mental illness.

Outside public service, Dr. Purser started her own technical consulting firm, serving the U.S. Department of Energy and attending meetings of scientific and technical advisory committees. She was hired by Artemis Strategies as Vice President, where she worked with clients such as the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to promote technology developments and bring attention to their work and accomplishments.

A graduate of the University of Texas and Georgia Tech, Dr. Purser is an accomplished researcher.  Her first scientific publication has been cited more than 400 times. She is a native of Cochran, Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her spouse and two children.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  1. Analytical thought process

  2. Emotional intelligence

  3. Succinct communication

What I love most about my job:

Problem-solving to empower our government to run more efficiently and effectively

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