Anna Pilato is the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). In this role she is responsible for ensuring effective and timely engagement and communication with internal and external ACF stakeholders to promote the administration’s priorities. Pilato also oversees the Office of Regional Operations and the Office of Human Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response. She joined President Trump’s administration as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary at HHS and served on the transition personnel team during the presidential transition.
Prior to this appointment, Pilato served in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration as deputy secretary for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. There she established new statewide initiatives to address needs of vulnerable children and families, spearheaded an anti-human trafficking initiative and oversaw training and professional development for staff. She advised the agency’s secretary on policy reform, change management and intergovernmental communications.
She was previously appointed by the George W. Bush Administration to serve as the director at the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at HHS. Prior to that position she served more than three years in presidential correspondence, as director of administration at the White House.
Additionally, Pilato has several years’ experience in the non-profit sector and as a social worker. She earned her B.A. in political science from Nazareth College and a M.A. in counseling from Regent University.