In every role, I bring my identity to my work -- as a son of a Muslim immigrant, a gay man, and a person with working-class roots.
Sami Kamal Jarrah
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Health CommissionerPhiladelphia Department of Public Health
Sami Jarrah has served as the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s chief operating officer since 2016. In this role, he leads the agency’s finance, budget, contracts, grants, state and federal policy, and information technology functions. He also advises the health commissioner on a broad range of policy and operational issues and represents the department to internal and external partners. Previously, Sami worked at the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Ore. In this role, he directed programs and advocated for policies that increased access to health services for low-income, refugee, and undocumented immigrant communities, reduced recidivism for inmates, and increased collaboration between public health and health care systems.
Sami earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and his MPH from the University of Washington.