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Leah Siskind

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Last updated: Jan 16, 2024

Leah Siskind is a leader in digital government transformation, currently working for the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department Health and Human Services. In the four years she spent at the White House with the U.S. Digital Service, she served on an inter-agency task force with the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Council on refugee processing. Leah also launched in-house digital service teams at the Internal Revenue Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Prior, she spent five years at high-growth startups and served as chief of staff to former presidential advisor David Axelrod. Leah started her career working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, fortifying relations between elected officials in the U.S. and Israel. She has a B.A. in political science from Purdue and an M.A. from University of Chicago in Middle East studies. She has held fellowships with the Truman National Security Project and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. 

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