Amb. Aldona Wos, M.D.
Ambassador Aldona Wos, M.D. was born in Warsaw, Poland. Her father, Paul Zenon Wos, survived Flossenburg Concentration Camp and her mother, Wanda Krystyna Wos, survived Nazi Germany’s child slave labor. Mr. Wos received many distinguished awards, including the “Righteous Among the Nations” medal from Yad Vashem. Dr. Wos earned her medical degree at the Warsaw Medical Academy and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine with a fellowship in pulmonary medicine in New York City. Her career as a doctor included private practice, corporate medicine, clinical care, teaching, and consulting for both hospitals and private industry.
In 2002 and 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Wos to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and in 2004, President Bush appointed her as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. During her tour, she focused on winning the hearts and minds of the next generation of Estonian leaders, Russian integration, and HIV/AIDS prevention. For her service, Wos was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana 1st Class by the President of Estonia, the Distinguished Service Cross of the Estonian Defense Forces, and the Cross of Merit of the Estonian National Police Board. Upon her return home, Wos continued serving others in her philanthropic endeavors. In 2007, she received the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. In 2008, she was presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 2010, she was invested in the Sovereign Order of Malta. In 2012, she served on The University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Wos holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Institute of World Politics, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Greensboro College. From 2013 to 2015, Wos served as North Carolina’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), overseeing more than 18,000 employees and a nearly $20 billion budget. Wos and her newly-created leadership team focused on operational and fiscal accountability, resulting in major accomplishments that included implementation of the country’s first-ever statewide consolidated benefits eligibility/enrollment system, and turning the prior administration’s four-year $2 billion Medicaid budget shortfall into a State fiscal year 2014 and 2015 combined $250 million budget surplus.
In April 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Wos as Vice Chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government in one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.
Wos currently serves on the boards of the Institute of World Politics, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and the Council of American Ambassadors. She was appointed to the Duke Law Board of Visitors in 2018. She is married to Louis DeJoy and they live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they enjoy spending time with their twins.