Chad Clifford

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chad Clifford is the Executive Director of the Grants Quality Services Management Office (QSMO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his role as Executive Director, he leads the Grants QSMO’s efforts to establish and manage a marketplace of customer-focused solutions, drive burden reduction for applicant and recipients, increase efficiencies for agencies, and leverage grants data to unleash innovative solutions.

Chad has over 15 years of experience leading in fast-paced environments to resolve complex problems facing the Federal Government. Prior to joining HHS in late 2020, he completed a year-long fellowship with OMB as part of the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP). There he worked in the Office of Federal Financial Management and helped lead government-wide efforts to operationalize grants management data standards and to establish a robust marketplace of shared technology solutions and services for grants. Before that, he served in various leadership roles in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Chief Counsel and worked in nearly all of FEMA’s public facing mission areas, including: disaster response and recovery, mitigation and floodplain management, protection and national preparedness, environmental planning and historic preservation, as well as legislative affairs.

Chad has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School (Washington, D.C.), and a B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA).


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