Marylou Sudders, PhD

Secretary, Executive Office of Health & Human Services

Marylou Sudders is Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services, the largest executive agency in state government.  Sudders provides executive leadership of a nearly $24 billion budget; the MassHealth (Medicaid) insurance program that provides health coverage to 1.86 million low income or disabled residents and  twelve agencies including the Departments of Children and Families and Public Health.  She leads the Commonwealth’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic; chairs the state’s health care marketplace and the Autism Commission; co-chairs the Governor’s Interagency Councils on Homelessness, and Aging.

A trained social worker, Sudders has served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health and has also been a private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor.

Sudders, holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors and Master’s degree in social work from Boston University, and honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Bridgewater State University.