Director, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control
Maryland Department of Health
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Dawn Berkowitz has worked with Maryland’s tobacco control program for two decades, previously serving as the Division Chief of Statewide Tobacco Initiatives, where she led the federal National Tobacco Control Program for Maryland, health communications efforts, the Maryland Tobacco Quitline, youth and college coalitions, and other statewide initiatives. Ms. Berkowitz also provided early guidance to the Governor’s Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland in the early 2000s, which formed the legislative and programmatic framework for Master Settlement Agreement dollars coming into Maryland and worked to form the current structure of Maryland’s resulting tobacco control program.
In her current role, Ms. Berkowitz continues to provide oversight, guidance, and expertise to local, state, and national tobacco control initiatives. She has overseen development of campaigns on key issues receiving national recognition, such as The Cigar Trap and Maryland’s Responsible Tobacco Retailer campaign that successfully reduced underage tobacco sales across Maryland.
Ms. Berkowitz holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health, both from Tulane University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).