Kristina Harder serves as the acting Executive Director of the President’s council in addition to her current role as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Health.
Kristina began working at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the Secretary’s Briefing Coordinator in the Immediate Office of the Secretary. She then became the Policy Coordinator for Opioids and Global Affairs in the Office of the Executive Secretary before joining the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health as the Deputy Chief of Staff.
Sports have always been an integral part of Kristina’s life. She grew up with a dad who was an All-American basketball player at the University of Michigan, and was encouraged to play sports from a young age. She competed in basketball, volleyball, swimming, and soccer while dabbling in tennis and water polo, and culminated her athletic career playing varsity volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania. She also combined her love for sports with her faith by helping to lead the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group at both her high school and college.
Kristina is a native of Orange County, California and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications and Public Service, with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.