Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy
Ajay Chaudry is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) a Senior Fellow, and was sworn into this position on January 18, 2012. Prior to that Dr. Chaudry was at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. for five years, where he was a Senior Fellow, Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population, and Director of the Immigration Studies Program, and led public policy research focused on child poverty, child well-being and development, human service programs in the social safety net, and the early childhood care system for young children. From 2004 to 2006 Dr. Chaudry served as the Deputy Commissioner for Child Care and Head Start at New York City Administration for Children Services, where he oversaw the city's early childhood development programs serving 150,000 children in low-income families. He is the author of Putting Children First: How Low-wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care (a finalist for the 2004 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award), and articles related to child poverty, children of immigrant families, and social policies. Dr. Chaudry received his AB from Columbia University, MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Ph.D. from Harvard University.