U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

Department of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments:

“The team at HHS is working around the clock to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, expand the affordable health care, and implement President Biden’s transformative American Rescue Plan – which will bring health care costs down for millions of American families,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “These appointees, under the leadership of Secretary Xavier Becerra, will continue building a department that embodies the core mission of HHS and honors the trust bestowed in us by the American people.”

Officials state these new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengthening support for seniors and other vulnerable populations, conducting groundbreaking research, and more. The Biden Administration is committed to restoring public trust in our health agencies, leading with science and facts, and building a team that looks like America.

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New appointees and their roles are listed below:

Office of the Secretary
Kristina Schake, Counselor to the Secretary for Strategic Communications

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
Israel Igualate, Deputy Speechwriter

Office of the General Counsel
Barbara McGarey, Deputy General Counsel

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Rebecca Haffajee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Miranda Lynch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (Human Services Policy)

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Jonathan Warsh, Senior Policy Advisor COVID Response
Leni Hirsch, Special Assistant COVID Response

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
Cheryl Campbell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Office of Global Affairs
Stephanie Psaki, Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equity

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Trina Dutta, Senior Advisor

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