The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program has selected Rachele Peterson, M.B.A., M.S., to serve as the next chief of staff of the precision medicine effort. In this role, Rachele will work closely with the program’s leadership to help manage scientific and administrative aspects of program operations while ensuring initiatives and policies are aligned with the program’s strategic plan. She will also serve as an expert advisor to the chief executive officer.
Prior to joining NIH, Rachele was senior director of clinical research at Vibrent Health. There she served as a principal investigator on multiple awards related to the organization’s work with All of Us, guiding efforts around policy development, partner support, engagement and retention, innovation, communication and quality improvement.
“Rachele has an exceptional understanding of the All of Us ecosystem and a proven track record of developing strategies to achieve research priorities and meet ambitious milestones,” said Josh Denny, M.D., M.S., All of Us’ chief executive officer. “She has been a tireless leader within the program since our inception and will bring her unique perspective to our leadership team as we chart our future directions with our partners.”
Rachele also has experience as a former executive director and principal investigator of the University of Arizona and Banner Health All of Us Health Care Provider Organization. There Rachele built and sustained a research infrastructure of 130 staff across 14 enrollment sites in two states—Arizona and Colorado—to engage and enroll more than 38,500 participants from diverse communities. Rachele was also previously Associate Director of Research Administration at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, supporting investigators at the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health in Tucson and Phoenix. In this role, she and her team centralized research administration for pre-award, post-award, clinical trial and regulatory services.
Rachele holds certifications in clinical research and research administration. She received her B.A. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science and an Executive MBA from Arizona State University (ASU). She serves on the alumni board of the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and as a board member of the National Diaper Bank Network.
“Throughout my time leading different components of the All of Us program, I have seen firsthand colleagues’ dedication, enthusiasm and creativity in finding ways to make research more inclusive, for the benefit of all communities,” said Peterson. “I am honored to be able to continue to devote my energy and passion for the program in this new role.”
The All of Us Research Program is a national effort that aims to engage at least one million participants to build one of the largest, most diverse databases of health information of its kind that researchers can use to study health and illness. The program includes a broad consortium of partners to carry out its mission of accelerating health research and medical breakthroughs to enable individualized prevention, treatment and care for all of us.
All of Us is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).