Jo Wiederhorn has been the President and CEO of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) since 2002. Under her tenure the organization has focused its efforts on educating the public on the role medical schools have played in attracting and retaining an inclusive and diversified physician workforce. This has been accomplished through the development of pipeline programs across the medical education continuum. The organization has also focused its efforts on informing the public about the important role biomedical and life sciences’ research has on improving the health outcomes of NYS’ residents. Prior to her work at AMSNY she was the Chief of Staff to the Dean at NYU School of Medicine and Director of its’ Institute for Urban and Global Health. Prior to her tenure at NYU, Ms. Wiederhorn was the Chief of Staff to the President of the then Health and Hospitals Corporation and Associate Executive Director of MetroPlus Health Plan.
Jonathan Teyan joined AMSNY in 2011 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he is responsible for a portfolio of initiatives in biomedical research, medical education, global health and government affairs. Jonathan began a peripatetic career in science studying conservation biology at Cornell University, then at the National Audubon Society, where he directed that organization’s largest environmental education center. After a five-year stint at Audubon, he completed an MPA in Management at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where began a longstanding interest in public health policy. Jonathan then joined AMDec Foundation, where he worked with genomic scientists, diabetes researchers and spearheaded the development of a $20M shared-use transgenic mouse breeding facility. Jonathan has also worked as a science writer and consulted for biomedical startups.
Director of Policy and Programming
Jennifer Tassler joined AMSNY in 2016 and is currently the Director of Policy and Programming. In this role, Jennifer oversees AMSNY’s government relations and diversity efforts. She monitors all state and federal legislation affecting AMSNY member schools and manages AMSNY’s Diversity in Medicine Programs, including the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Program. Jennifer also works with staff to plan advocacy day activities in Albany and Washington, DC, and works with external lobbyists and is the liaison to the Government Relations Committee at AMSNY. Prior to joining AMSNY, Jennifer worked in the Office of Legislation at the Food and Drug Administration and spent several years at the American Psychiatric Association where she handled federal regulatory policy and congressional relations. Jennifer has a longstanding interest in science and medicine, graduating with a major in neuroscience from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and then went on to law school at The Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC, where she specialized in health law.
Brateil Badal, MS, PhD
Director of Diversity