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Mostly recently, Kevin Griffis served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leading an office of roughly 80 full-time employees. During his tenure as Assistant Secretary, he led communications for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including three Open Enrollment seasons, and helped lead and coordinate the Department's response to the Zika virus outbreak.
Griffis joined the department in May 2014 as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. He initially focused on matters related to oversight investigations into Affordable Care Act operations, including its initial launch.
Prior to joining HHS, Kevin worked as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and as Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Booker’s successful 2013 special election. He also has experience in the private sector as a principal on the Podesta Group’s public relations team.
Kevin first joined the Obama administration in March 2009 as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He served at the Commerce Department through the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill and major policy initiatives, including the Recovery Act and the National Export Initiative. Prior to his work in the Administration, Kevin spent 2007-2008 on the Obama campaign, first as the Communications Director for the South Carolina primary, going on to work in the primary elections in Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, Indiana and South Dakota. In the general election, Kevin was Virginia Communications Director.
Before joining President Obama’s campaign, Kevin served as Communications Director for a 2006 U.S. Senate race in Arizona and for the state Coordinated Campaign during Tim Kaine’s successful 2005 bid for governor in Virginia. He spent the first six years of his career covering government and politics as a reporter for newspapers in Maryland and Atlanta, Ga.
Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College in Wisconsin