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Andrea Palm

Senior Counselor to the Secretary
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Andrea Palm serves as a Senior Counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she works with the HHS senior leadership team on a wide range of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, key policy challenges, engagement with external partners, and the coordination and implementation of a variety of administrative priorities.

Palm previously served as Chief of Staff at HHS, a role in which she provided strategic advice to the Secretary, advanced Secretarial priorities, and helped to ensure that the Department fulfilled its important mission.

Palm has been a key part of the HHS team since the beginning of the Obama Administration, and has more than 15 years of experience working on critical health care, public health and human services issues. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, she served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Counselor to the Secretary for Public Health and Science at HHS. She also served in the White House Domestic Policy Council.

During her time at HHS, Palm has helped the Department tackle some of the nation’s most pressing challenges, including responding to H1N1, strengthening FDA’s oversight of compounding pharmacies, modernizing our food safety system, implementing the Affordable Care Act, and ensuring a successful first open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Most recently, she has been an important asset to Secretary Burwell and the Department during the Secretary’s transition, and is a key part of the Secretary’s management team.

Prior to joining the Administration, Palm was the Senior Health Policy Advisor to former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, working on health IT and biosimilars legislation. Before joining Senator Clinton’s staff, Palm served as the Legislative Director to the late Congressmen Robert T. Matsui of Sacramento, CA. She oversaw Representative Matsui’s legislative agenda and handled his Ways and Means committee work, including health care and Social Security. She has also done a variety of low-income policy and direct service work for both non-profits and local government.

Palm received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and has a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Content last reviewed on February 4, 2015