Judy Stecker, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, will take up the additional role of deputy chief of staff for operations and strategy. She will work to boost HHS’ external efforts in her new role after returning from her maternity leave, the department said Monday.
Her appointment adds to the number of senior advisers at the department’s operating and staff divisions, supporting coordination across HHS leadership. Prior to joining HHS, Stecker developed media plans, implemented publicity tools and handled crisis communications with the American Enterprise Institute.
Alex Azar, HHS secretary, will appoint a deputy chief of staff for policy who would complement Stecker’s new role. Both deputy chiefs of staff will work under Brian Harrison, HHS chief of staff.