Dr. Katherine LaGuardia, MD, MPH, is an Ob/Gyn and public health physician with over 25 years of experience in reproductive care and research. She is Chair of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation and previously worked with the Rockefeller Foundation and Johnson & Johnson in international health and contraceptive development. She has a deep interest in immigrant health issues and is active in the Italian-American community. Since 2001 she has served on the Advisory Board of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Merimo of NYU.  In 2012 Dr. LaGuardia was awarded the “Uguaglianza Award” from the Equality Lodge (83) of the Order of the Sons of Italy, the former lodge of her grandfather, Fiorello. In 2015 she was named a Distinguished Board Member of the National Organization of Italian American Women; and in 2016 received the “Marco Polo Award” from the Two Bridges Association in recognition of her commitment to preservation of immigrant identity and presence in lower Manhattan. She joined the de Blasio administration in 2014 as Special Advisor to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2017 she was appointed as the Mayor’s Representative to the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. LaGuardia is on the faculty at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.