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Audience in Lecture






Director of the Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs


United States Department of Health and Human Services


Marvin B. Figueroa serves as the director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity, he is the Secretary of Health and Human Services' principal adviser on strengthening intergovernmental relationships with state, local, territorial, and tribal governments as well as private sector, nonprofit, faith-based, and other external partners to advance the Administration's health and human services priorities. In addition to leading the IEA staff in Washington, D.C., Director Figueroa oversees ten regional offices representing the Secretary and the Administration at both the state and local levels. Most recently, Director Figueroa served as deputy secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Administration of Governor Ralph S. Northam, 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he led the day-to-day operations of the Health and Human Resources (HHR) Secretariat that is comprised of 12 health and social services agencies. Director Figueroa is originally from La Ceiba, Honduras (a proud Garifuna). He earned his master's degree at Harvard and bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and is an alum of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and POSSE Foundation.

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