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David Mansdoerfer

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


David Mansdoerfer is currently the special assistant to the president at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In this position, Mansdoerfer has overseen all of the university’s external response to COVID-19. Prior to joining, he served as a presidential appointee in the Trump Administration in the role of deputy assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There, he had operational responsibility for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health including the offices of; HIV and Infectious Disease, Human Research Protection, Minority Health, Women’s Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Surgeon General. Mansdoerfer also served as the HHS chief labor negotiator. During his time at HHS, he worked on a variety of topics including the top presidential initiatives of ending HIV, opioids, youth sports and veterans suicide. In other capacities, Mansdoerfer has served as deputy chief of staff for California State Senator/Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, served as the chairman of the Mission Viejo, CA Planning and Transportation Committee, and is currently a board member for the Community Engagement and Opportunity Council. In 2020, he was recognized for his instrumental role in the establishment of the Federal Ending HIV Initiative by the President’s Council on HIV/Aids (PACHA). Mansdoerfer was also recognized by Pepperdine as a 40 Under 40 alumni.


  • MPP, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
  • BA, Business, Vanguard University


  • Health Policy
  • Human Research
  • Labor
  • Planning and Transportation