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Nirav Shah is following his passion for public health working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) in Washington, D.C. As a Public Affairs Specialist, Shah educates consumers about safe food handling behaviors to prevent foodborne illnesses. Apart from fulfilling his primary duties at the USDA, he represents FSIS at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Last year, Shah assisted numerous communities as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria barreled through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, he triaged emails, provided updates to senior leadership and coordinated resources for supporting local, state and tribal areas.
Shah earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in international business and marketing. He also completed his M.B.A at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and earned his Master of Public Health from Benedictine University in 2010.
He brings to the table an array of experiences, on both global and domestic levels. He was the Patient Services Representative for the American Cancer Society, North Shore Region, in Illinois. While fulfilling capstone requirements for his graduate studies, Shah travelled in the rural villages of Kenya to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and participated in a 2010 mission trip to Tanzania working at a convent in Njombe to give health check-ups to nuns residing in the community.
Shah is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having worked in Zambia from 2013-2015 on their Community Health Improvement Project. He was a second-generation volunteer based out of Nsadzu village focused on bettering the lives of people in his catchment area and as well as those in Zambia as a whole. Shah then started his career with the federal government with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
In his spare time, Shah enjoys expanding his knowledge regarding public health as well as jet setting to various continents. His inspiration comes from both of his parents, Ashok and Smita Shah; his wife, Amee Mehta; and all his professors.