AZ Snyder

Director/Health Officer

Pierce County Public Health Department

A dynamic leader who is committed to tackling the root causes of public health issues, AZ Snyder has had the opportunity to work in communities across the country and world. As the Public Health Director and Health Officer for Pierce County, Wisconsin, AZ guided the organization through major transitions by leading with humility and transparency, making the organization stronger and more efficient. Previously, she worked in Uganda, Lesotho, South Africa, and Myanmar on national-scale maternal and child health projects.

AZ holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

BOLD SOLUTION: When the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency due to the opioid crisis, AZ designed a comprehensive planning process for her county that shifted the conversation away from simply enforcement to a conversation about the root causes like childhood trauma, cycles of abuse, and care coordination. This process led to increased allocation of resources for prevention as well as statewide recognition as a best practice.
There is a lack of investment in public health in Wisconsin--the state spent only $15 per capita on public health in 2017, which consistently puts us in the bottom 10 states in the country. Wisconsin needs young public health professionals to devote their careers to public service. I am proud to be one of the youngest health officers in the state.