Our Staff.

Kenneth Shatzkes, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Dr. Ken Shatzkes is the Senior Program Officer of the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE). Ken leads FORE’s grantmaking and programmatic activities and helps to identify new potential funding opportunities with a focus on patient-centered, evidence-based solutions addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Ken has nearly 15 years of experience performing biomedical research in academic, government, and non-profit settings. Recently, Ken served as the Science Policy Advisor in the Office of the New Jersey Governor, providing scientifically-sound recommendations to the Governor on state opioid initiatives, as well as issues related to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Previously, he was a Rutgers-Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow, placed in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he researched, tracked, and informed senior leadership of innovative state-led opioid-related initiatives. Prior to joining FORE, Ken was an Associate Program Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust, where he focused on improved diagnostics for individuals living with Crohn’s disease. His other previous roles include scientific research positions at New York University Langone Medical Center, the J. Craig Venter Institute, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ken earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University and his B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Development from McGill University.

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