Christen Linke Young

Christen Linke Young is the Deputy Secretary for Policy and Operations at DHHS. She provides leadership across the agency, with a focus on cross-agency initiatives and implementing innovative policy solutions.

Prior to joining the DHHS team in North Carolina, she served as Principal Deputy Director of the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the agency within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that oversees private health insurance initiatives.

She previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Health at the White House and as Director of Coverage Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Health Reform. She began her career in government as a policy analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Young holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and a law degree from Yale Law School.