Kathleen Falk was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Regional Director of Region V of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in September 2013. HHS is the federal government’s lead agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Kathleen serves as the HHS Secretary’s liaison in the region. Region V covers about 52 million residents of the nation and comprises the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Kathleen brings extensive experience to this position after many years of service as a governmental leader in the State of Wisconsin. Kathleen served for 14 years as the highest ranking elected official in Dane County, the second largest county in Wisconsin. As the Dane County Executive, Kathleen prioritized health and human service issues by launching the Health Council which brought together hospital CEOs, HMOs and health care providers to increase health care access for the uninsured and to improve the efficiency in the provision of services.
Prior to being elected County Executive, Kathleen served 14 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice after serving for 6 years as Co-Director of a non-profit organization called Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade. A native of Wisconsin, Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and her Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.