Nancy-Ann DeParle

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Nancy-Ann DeParle
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
In office
January 27, 2011 – January 25, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMona Sutphen
Succeeded byRob Nabors
Director of the Office of Health Reform
In office
April 8, 2009 – January 27, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
In office
September 1997 – September 29, 2000
Acting: September 1997 – November 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byBruce Vladeck
Succeeded byMichael Hash (Acting)
Personal details
Nancy-Ann Min

(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 62)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville (BA)
Balliol College, Oxford (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Nancy-Ann Min DeParle (born December 17, 1956) served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the administration of President Obama from January 2011 to January 2013.[1] Previously, she served as the director of the White House Office of Health Reform,[2][3] leading the administration's efforts on health care issues, including the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She served as the director of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) from 1997 to 2000,[4] administering the Medicare program for the Clinton administration, and before then worked at the Office of Management and Budget.

Education and personal life[edit]

Nancy-Ann Min was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee, where she graduated from Rockwood High School.[5][6] Her mother died of lung cancer when Nancy-Ann was 17.[7]

She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where her major was history and her senior thesis was entitled "Uncle Sam, Hirohito, and Resegregation: The Tule Lake Segregation Center, 1943-1946." She was awarded a B.A. degree with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a Phi Kappa Phi scholar.[6] She was the first female president of the University of Tennessee student body and was a member of the Gamma Alpha chapter of Delta Gamma. In 1978 Glamour magazine named her one of the year's top ten college women.[6]

After graduating from Tennessee, she enrolled in Harvard Law School, but interrupted her studies there when she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship. As a Rhodes scholar, she went to Balliol College of Oxford University, receiving a B.A. from Oxford in 1981.[6][7] After returning to Harvard, she earned a J.D. degree in 1983.[6]

She is married to Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times.[8] She has two sons.

She has Chinese ancestry.[9]


DeParle was a partner at the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville before serving as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services in the cabinet of Governor Ned McWherter from 1987 to 1989.[6]

DeParle has also served as a trustee at the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a fellow at the Wharton School of Business. She has also been a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). In November 2011, DeParle was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.[10]

Corporate connections[edit]

She served as a director of Accredo Health Inc., Boston Scientific, Cerner, DaVita Inc., Guidant, Medco Health Solutions, Speciality Laboratories, and Triad Hospitals. She was a managing director of CCMP Capital.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tapper, Jake (2011-01-27). "Jay Carney Picked as New White House Press Secretary". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  2. ^ "White House Biography of Nancy-Ann Min DeParle". Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Obama taps Sebelius, DeParle for health posts". CNN. March 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "Nancy-Ann DeParle | HCA Investor Center". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ "Nancy-Ann DeParle". Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Milton M. Klein, Prominent Alumni: Nancy-Ann Elizabeth Min Archived 2011-04-21 at the Wayback Machine, University of Tennessee website, accessed October 2, 2010
  7. ^ a b Stolberg, Scheryl Gay. "Obama Taps Health Aid With Links to Industry." New York Times 2 Mar. 2009:
  8. ^ "Nancy-Ann Min, Jason DeParle". The New York Times. March 23, 1997.
  9. ^ ""Asian Americans in the Obama administration" (SAMPAN article)". Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  10. ^ The Editors (2011-11-03). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ [1][dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Vladeck
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Succeeded by
Michael Hash
New office Director of the Office of Health Reform
Position abolished
Preceded by
Mona Sutphen
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
Succeeded by
Rob Nabors