Brenda Destro is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HSP) and is currently fulfilling the responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. With decades of experience in the delivery and study of social service programs, Brenda began her career as a medical social worker eventually using those skills in various settings including hospitals, courts, labor unions, corporations, and the federal government. At the federal level, she served as a policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. Later, she was a public health advisor in both the US House and Senate. She received a BA in political science from the Ohio State University, an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in social work from the Catholic University of America.