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Doug Blanke, J.D.

Executive Director

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Doug Blanke is founder and executive director of the Public Health Law Center and holder of the Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Endowed Directorship. He oversees the Center’s programs, including its work to reduce the harm caused by commercial tobacco use, support healthy eating and encourage physical activity, with a focus on the health of marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Previously, as an assistant attorney general of the State of Minnesota, Doug oversaw the enforcement of the state’s consumer protection laws for a decade and played a key role in the historic litigation that resulted in the release of the secret documents of the tobacco industry. His international work has included helping the American Cancer Society monitor development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s only public health treaty; helping write the treaty guidelines for smoking regulation; and editing the World Health Organization's handbook on tobacco control legislation. He was the 2004 recipient of the American Lung Association's C. Everett Koop "Unsung Hero" Award for his contributions to tobacco control.

B.A., Michigan State University
J.D., Yale Law School