Sandra N. Howard, B.A.

Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services


Sandra N. Howard, B.A., is the Senior Environmental Health Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She co-chairs the HHS Environmental Justice Working Group and represents HHS on the Environmental Justice Federal Interagency Working Group. She also co-chairs the Senior Staff Steering Committee of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children.

Ms. Howard has over 30 years of experience in the development and coordination of federal science policy. Prior to joining OASH, she was the senior policy analyst in HHS’s Office of Science and Data Policy. She served as the lead analyst for policy issues related to biomedical research and environmental health. She began her career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), holding positions in budget, legislation and other policy and administrative areas. From there, she went to work for the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She later returned to NIH to help establish the Office of Minority Programs (now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities).

Ms. Howard is a graduate of Yale College. Her academic background is in medical anthropology and public health.

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