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Inside Pfizer’s Work on a Covid Vaccine

Sally Susman, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer, gives an insider’s look at how quickly development of a safe Covid vaccine is coming along. The New York City-based pharmaceutical giant is working closely with nonprofits, government, and other private companies to solve the biggest problem facing the world today.


Sally Susman is Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer. She is vice chair of The Pfizer Foundation and co-chair of Pfizer’s Political Action Committee. 

Sally leads engagement with all of Pfizer’s external stakeholders overseeing global policy, communications, government relations, investor relations and the Chief Patient Office. Sally also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Sally held roles at Estée Lauder Companies and the American Express Company. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years in government service focused on international trade issues. 

Sally serves on the board of WPP plc, a world leader in advertising and marketing based in the U.K. and as co-chair of the board of The International Rescue Committee.




Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.


Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.