Kody Kinsley  

Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services  

Raleigh, NC 


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.