Joanne M. Chiedi, former acting inspector general for the US Department of Health and Human Services, has joined global law firm DLA Piper as chief administrative officer. In her new role at DLA Piper, Chiedi will provide strategic support to the firm's senior leadership, both domestically and internationally, and will report to the firm's Chief Operating Officer, Bob Bratt.
Joanne joins a senior leadership team at DLA Piper that includes executive talent from companies such as Accenture, Microsoft, Booz Allen, and Hyatt, as well as veterans of the legal industry, all of whom were recruited by Bratt from across industry to drive the firm's growth and innovation.
At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Chiedi led an organization of more than 1,650 auditors, evaluators, investigators, attorneys, analysts and management professionals who oversaw the integrity and efficiency of the nation's over US$1 trillion yearly investment in federal health and human services programs. She supervised more than 300 programs administered by HHS agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health.
Bratt, who served as executive officer of the Department of Justice's Civil Right Division, worked with Chiedi in her former role as deputy executive officer for the division. Bratt also oversaw the Office of Redress Administration, of which Chiedi served as deputy administrator. The US$1.64 billion program was responsible for locating, verifying and issuing payment to the estimated 82,000 Japanese Americans who were interned or otherwise denied liberty in the United States during World War II.
"We are thrilled to have Joanne join us, and I know her skillset will be a tremendous asset as we continue to implement new solutions and strategies to serve our clients," Bratt said. "I've always been impressed with the forward-thinking perspective she brings to her roles."
"I'm elated to be working alongside Bob Bratt again and know firsthand his track record of building, leading and inspiring teams," Chiedi said. "The legal industry is facing a time of important changes, and adaption is key. I'm eager to further support DLA Piper's commitment to a client-facing, entrepreneurial and culturally diverse firm."
Chiedi was appointed principal deputy inspector general at HHS in 2013. From 2010 to 2013, she was the deputy inspector general for management and policy (OMP) at HHS. OMP oversees OIG's budget and provides management, guidance and resources to give OIG's employees — located in over 70 cities across the country — the tools and technology they need to carry out their mission. From 2005 to 2010, Chiedi was the deputy director for management in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. At the department's civil rights and health privacy rights law enforcement agency, she led headquarters and regional operational and programmatic activities and long-term strategic planning.
Chiedi is a graduate of Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a degree in sociology and minors in criminal justice and business, and the Harvard University Kennedy School Senior Managers in Government program.