Nathalie Demirdjian-Rivest is a 2021 graduate of the LL.M. in National and Global Health Law program.

Demirdjian-Rivest’s areas of legal expertise include the healthcare and carceral systems of the United States, behavioral health, and public health emergency management.

Demirdjian-Rivest currently serves as a senior advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. She works in the Office of General Counsel, where she is responsible for the Criminal Justice Policy Portfolio, coordinating federal and state implementation of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy. She previously served as the policy advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia, where she assisted in the oversight of the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange, Department of Behavioral Health, Child and Family Services Administration, and the District’s interagency COVID-19 response.

At Georgetown University Law Center, Demirdjian-Rivest was a National and Global Health Law Scholar. She worked for the Health and Human Rights Initiative and COVID-19 Law Lab, where she performed legal research and consulting in English, French, and Spanish. Prior to her LL.M., Demirdjian-Rivest clerked at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, General Counsel Division. She served on interagency working groups and drafted legal memoranda related to pandemic management, police protest management, banning the sale of flavored tobacco products, and revising evidentiary standards in city department hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Demirdjian-Rivest holds an M.A. (Hons) from the University of St Andrews and an LL.B. (Hons) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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