Anita Linde is the Director of the Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications (OSPPC) at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). In March 2012, the Office of Science Policy and Planning (OSPP) and the Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) joined to become branches within the new office. As OSPPC Director, Anita is responsible for overseeing the science policy, strategic planning, program evaluation, legislation, communications, and public liaison activities of the Institute.

Anita had been the Director of OSPP since 2005, where she managed the science policy, strategic planning, program evaluation, legislative liaison, and speechwriting activities of the Institute. From 2011 to 2012, she also served as the Acting Director of OCPL, overseeing the NIAMS’ press and social media activities, science writing, website, health information and education initiatives, and public outreach efforts.

Anita came to the NIH as a Presidential Management Intern in 1994, and she has held a number of positions across the agency in management and program analysis; legislative analysis; science policy and planning; and communications and public liaison. During her tenure, she has served on many agency-wide groups, including the NIH Administrative Training Committee, the NIH Evaluation Oversight Committee, and the governance group for the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives.

Anita’s commitment to the NIH’s public health mission has been recognized with more than a dozen awards, including the NIH Director's Award for exemplary service as a mentor in 2010. She is a 2004 graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a 2014 graduate of the NIH’s Executive Leadership Program.

Anita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and French from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree with an emphasis on policy development and program evaluation from Vanderbilt University.

Last Reviewed: 05/17/2017