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Meet Sally Howard, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Legislation

Sally Howard, J.D.Sally Howard, J.D., is the Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Legislation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In that capacity, she plays a critical role in overseeing the development and implementation of key policy initiatives, the formulation and tracking of strategic priorities, and the Agency’s engagement in Congressional activities.  
 
Immediately prior to joining FDA, Ms. Howard was in the Office of the Secretary at HHS, where she served as the Chief of Staff since April 2011.  Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, she held other senior positions including 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 Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and former Governor Kathleen Sebelius.  During her tenure, 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 this capacity she provided legal counsel to the Secretary, worked on significant legislation for the department, and managed complex litigation.
 
Prior to her service in government, Ms. Howard was in private practice for 10 years where she provided 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 in 1988 and received her law degree from the University of Kansas, School of Law in 1993.