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Lisa J. Pino

Director for Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Department of Health and Human Services

Lisa J. Pino is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Most recently, Pino served as the New York State Department of Health’s Executive Deputy Commissioner, the agency’s second-highest executive.  In this capacity, Pino led New York’s operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as programming for 19.5 million New Yorkers, including Medicaid, Medicare, Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Hospital and Alternative Care Facility, Wadsworth Laboratories, Center for Environmental Health, Center for Community Health, and AIDS Institute.

She is a former senior executive service official appointed by President Barack Obama who served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  At DHS, Pino was Senior Counselor and drove the 2015 U.S. cyber breach mitigation of 4 million federal personnel and 22 million surrogate profiles, the largest hack in federal history, by renegotiating 700 vendor procurements and establishing new cybersecurity regulatory protections.

Prior to DHS, Pino served as USDA Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, where she drafted and championed USDA’s first gender identity anti-discrimination program regulation and its first USDA limited English proficiency guidance. Additionally, she directed USDA’s outreach and engagement activities to ensure that minority farmers had access to benefits awarded through class action settlements. Prior to joining the Obama-Biden Administration, she was a legal aid attorney in the Southwest protecting the rights of migrant farm workers, and she is an alumna of the AmeriCorps program.

A New York City native who is fluent in Spanish, Pino is the first-generation daughter of immigrant parents and first college graduate in her family. She completed her B.A., M.A., and J.D. at Arizona State University with honors, and Harvard Kennedy School leadership program as a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow.


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