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Doug Blanke, J.D.

Founder and retiring Executive Director

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After 22 years at the helm, Executive Director Doug Blanke retired from the Public Health Law Center, effective June 30, 2022.  Doug’s achievements in public health policy, legislative advocacy, and consumer protection, span four decades on the local, state, national, and international stages.

A former Minnesota Assistant Attorney General, Doug played a key role in the historic ligation against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, resulting in the seminal release of internal documents that exposed the tobacco industry’s long history of deceptive marketing, advertising, and research.

In 2000, Doug founded what is now the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. From a one-person law and policy think tank on commercial tobacco control issues, the Center grew under Doug’s leadership to become a national organization of over 30 public health attorneys, policy analysts, and support staff that help community leaders strengthen public health laws and health equity.

Read more about Doug’s accomplishments here.

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