IADDA Praises Gov. Pat Quinn’s Chief of Staff Appointment of Michelle Saddler

Michelle Saddler

(Springfield, IL) — August 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday named Michelle Saddler as his Chief of Staff.

Saddler, who has been serving as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), was previously the Director of Policy for the Quinn Administration

Michelle Saddler is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated members of my cabinet, and I look forward to having her serve as my Chief of Staff,” said Quinn. “There is no one better-suited to continue my mission of creating jobs, supporting Illinois’ economic recovery and protecting our most vulnerable residents.”

Saddler’s appointment is drawing praising from the state’s top substantive abuse prevention and treatment advocacy group.

Michelle Saddler’s appointment as chief of staff to Governor Pat Quinn assures that her competence, decisiveness and leadership will be felt throughout all of Illinois state government,” said Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

“As chief of Human Services, Secretary Saddler has been informed, accessible and has worked hard to minimize the negative impact of the budget crisis on Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens.”

Saddler was appointed by Quinn to be Secretary of DHS on Oct. 11, 2009. The agency, one of the state’s largest, provides services to individuals, families and communities for developmental disabilities, mental health, rehabilitation services and alcoholism and substance abuse, among others.

Before joining the Quinn Administration, Saddler served in a number of policy and management positions in both the public and private sectors, including: Vice President for International Adoptions for the Lifelink Corporation; Executive Director of the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund; and Director of Investments with then-Illinois State Treasurer Quinn.

Saddler earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and has a master’s in management from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where she received the F.C. Austin Scholarship – the school’s highest merit award.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and care for the people of Illinois as Governor Quinn’s Chief of Staff,” said Saddler. “I will work to continue the important partnerships with our legislators, employees, providers and advocacy groups.”

Current DHS Assistant Secretary Grace Hou will serve as the agency’s Acting Secretary.

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