Executive Team Bios

Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm

Andrea Palm most recently served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Obama, where she oversaw the public health and human services agencies, encompassing more than 60,000 staff. She also served as the Chief of Staff for HHS from 2013-14. Her executive career spans more than two decades, with key leadership positions for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Congressman Robert Matsui. She was a Senior Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council during the implementation and rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Palm received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a graduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk

Julie Willems Van Dijk most recently served as the Director of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a national collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, providing data, evidence, and guidance to over 3,000 counties who are building a culture of health. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Marathon County Public Health Officer and served on the boards of Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Bridge Community Health Clinic, and as an elected member of the Wausau School District Board of Education. Willems Van Dijk earned a PhD in nursing from the University of WI-Milwaukee and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Lisa A. Olson

Lisa Olson was recently the External Affairs Director at DHS before being appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary.  Prior to joining DHS, Lisa spent nine years at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, the statewide association of community health centers, serving most recently as the Policy and Program Director. She has a Master of Social Work degree and a BA from the University of Wisconsin. She is a board member for Share the Health, a free gynecology clinic for uninsured women in Madison.

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