Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (202) 690-7858
In August 2012, Don Moulds assumed the role of Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since July of 2009. Dr. Moulds is currently the Department’s liaison to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and to the White House on the President’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative. He works closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development on numerous initiatives affecting common target populations, including homeless individuals and families, and is overseeing multiple case studies and demonstrations aimed at identifying successful interventions for homelessness. He is currently overseeing the development of the National Strategy to End Alzheimer’s Disease, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services.
Prior to becoming Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Moulds served as Vice President for the California Medical Association’s Center for Medical and Regulatory Policy. In that capacity, he oversaw the development of the association’s health policy initiatives, guided its positions on legislation, and oversaw all of its regulatory work.
From 2004 through 2007, Dr. Moulds was the director of the Senate Office of Research, the bipartisan research arm of the California State Senate. There he was responsible for developing the Senate’s research agenda on everything from health care to water policy, overseeing the Senate’s policy-related publications, and managing the Senate’s relations with the federal government. From 1998 through 2004, Dr. Moulds served as Principal Consultant to Senate President Pro Tempore, John Burton, and was the lead staffer in the Senate on numerous issues, including insurance, health system reform, and select labor issues.
Dr. Moulds has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the State Compensation Insurance Fund Board, the Advisory Board of the California Health Policy Research Council, the Advisory Board of the Sacramento Campus of the University of Southern California, the Advisory Committee of the Workers Compensation Research Institute, the Steering Committee of the University of California’s Policy Research Center, and the State of California Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Implementation Advisory Board. He holds a BA degree from Bates College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of Illinois. He has taught philosophy and ethics courses at the University of Illinois, Harvard University, and California State University, Sacramento.