POLITICS
04/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nancy Ann-DeParle, White House Office Of Health Reform

To complete his two-pronged approach to health care reform, in the wake of Tom Daschle's withdrawal, President Obama has appointed Nancy-Ann Min DeParle to head the White House Office of Health Reform. DeParle will work alongside HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to pass and implement Obama's long-promised and far-reaching health care reform plan. Though little of DeParle is known until now on the national scene, she has long held influential roles within the health care world. According to a University of Tennessee profile:

[DeParle], only thirty-six years old, was named the associate director for Health and Personnel at the federal Office of Management and Budget and served as the OMB's representative on health care reform for President Bill Clinton's administration. Such a responsible position at such a young age induced Time magazine to select Min in 1994 as one of its top fifty future leaders. In July 1997 she transferred to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), first as deputy director and later administrator, a post she held for three years until becoming a fellow of the Institute of Politics and the Interfaculty Health Policy Forum at Harvard University.

Forbes also has a profile for her, which enumerates quite a number of varying roles focusing on health care policy:

She also serves as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare payment and policy issues. She was Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) from 1997 to October 2000 and a Fellow of the Institute of Politics and the Interfaculty Health Policy Forum at Harvard University from October of 2000 to the Spring of 2001. Before joining HCFA, she served as Associate Director for Health and Personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1997. She has also worked as a lawyer in private practice and served as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services and as a Director of Triad Hospitals, Inc.