Kody Kinsley  

Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services  

Raleigh, NC 

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Kody Kinsley is passionate about public service and making government work for everyone. Currently, he helps lead North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 by creating testing, contact-tracing, and other large state-wide operations. Meanwhile, he continues to lead the state’s policy and public financing of the behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability systems, including overseeing a staff of 11,000 and the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. Kody’s work has focused on breaking out of the silos of government to bring whole-person care to people, no matter where they are. His focus areas are justice-involved populations, schools, and mental health parity.  Kody returned home to North Carolina after serving as the assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C. – functionally the COO/CFO. Kody is an adjunct instructor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government and past participant in the Salzburg Global Seminar. Previously, he worked in the Obama White House and other government and private sector roles. Kody is a Fellow of the third class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 

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