Jeffrey Nesbit
Jeffrey Nesbit

Jeffrey Nesbit, who served as communications director for former vice president Dan Quayle, is named assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Most recently deputy commissioner for communications at the Social Security Administration, Nesbit previously served as director of legislative and public affairs at the National Science Foundation, as well as associate commissioner for public affairs at the Food and Drug Administration.

Nesbit also founded climate communications non-profit Climate Nexus and was its executive director from 2011-2022.

“He is a seasoned strategist who has led communications at three federal agencies – including one of our very own, the FDA, where his communications strategies helped the federal government successfully take on the tobacco industry,” said DHHS secretary Xavier Becerra. “Jeff’s experience and expertise as a tested and trusted leader in public affairs will be instrumental in our efforts to communicate our work to enhance health and wellbeing for all.”

Kamara Jones, who had served as acting assistant secretary for public affairs while maintaining the responsibilities of her role as principal deputy assistant secretary of public affairs, will return to the latter role full-time.