Ted Pestorius

Management Officer, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

Mr. Pestorius is the senior manager for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at CDC. In this role he is responsible for the management of all fiscal and personnel resources allocated to the Center. In FY15 this equated to approximately $725M and 2500 personnel. NCEZID maintains the infectious disease laboratories for the United States, numerous reference laboratories for WHO, and has recently been engaged in MERS, Ebola, Dengue, Chikungunya, numerous food and water-borne outbreaks, and Zika. Mr. Pestorius enjoys what he does and claims to be rather busy.


BA, History
Univ. of Texas-Austin, 1989

MPA, Univ. of Georgia

Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Reading US history- specifically the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and other Presidents. Crushing longballs in the Metro Atlanta Senior Softball league.

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Graduation- I worked full time, and it was a grind. I enjoyed it, and have no regrets, but I was very happy when it was over.

My Top Three Career Tips

Know what you want to do, and don’t chase money. Always lead with integrity. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Numerous sports related boards in residential area. Youth sports coach.

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Love the 40 Watt, but work in Atlanta and attended classes in Gwinnett.

Recent Honors / Awards

Numerous work related honor awards for management and leadership.