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Meet Sally Howard, J.D.,Senior Advisor to the Commissioner

Sally Howard, J.D.

Sally Howard, J.D., serves as the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing key advice and counsel on the myriad of significant issues the Agency faces. While in this role she is also serving as the Acting Chief of Staff.  Ms. Howard came to FDA in May 2013 and, before accepting her current position, served for two years as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis. In that capacity, she played a critical role in overseeing the development and implementation of key policy initiatives, the formulation and tracking of strategic priorities, the Agency’s engagement in Congressional activities, and the application of quantitative research and analysis to emerging public health issues.   

Immediately prior to her tenure at FDA, Ms. Howard was in the Office of the Secretary at HHS where she served as the Chief of Staff from April 2011 through May 2013. Other senior positions she has held at the Department include Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel.  In those positions, she provided legal guidance to leadership across HHS on many issues of critical importance to the Department.

Before joining HHS, Ms. Howard served as Chief Counsel to the Office of former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.  During this period she provided legal counsel to the Governor on a wide array of issues and policy initiatives and worked with the Kansas Attorney General and executive agencies across the state on significant litigation. She also previously served as Chief Counsel to the Kansas Department of Transportation. In that role, she provided legal counsel to the Secretary, worked on significant legislation for the Department, and managed complex litigation.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Howard was in private practice for 10 years where she offered legal guidance to a number of hospital clients and handled medical malpractice, general civil, and employment litigation.

Ms. Howard received her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and received her law degree from the University of Kansas, School of Law.


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