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Katie HammKatie Hamm is the acting director of the Office of Head Start and deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Early Childhood Development. She first joined the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as associate deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development in February 2021.  

Before joining the Biden administration, Hamm was the vice president for early childhood policy at the Center for American Progress, where she oversaw the organization's early childhood program to advance child care, preschool, Head Start, and home visiting investment.

Previously, she was a career civil servant at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on budgetary and policy issues related to human services programs. As a Presidential Management Fellow, she completed a detail to ACF in the Office of Child Care, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Hamm received a master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.