Kody Kinsley

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Kody H. Kinsley, Secretary of NCDHHS
  • Brevard College
  • University of California, Berkeley (MPP)
OccupationPublic servant, Health policy expert
Known forSecretary of the NCDHHS
TitleSecretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
TermJanuary 2022 - Present
Political partyDemocratic

Kody H. Kinsley is an American public servant currently serving as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Early life and education

Kinsley, a North Carolina native, was the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brevard College and later obtained a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.[1]


Kinsley's career in public service includes roles at the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.[2] He was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Management at the United States Department of the Treasury. Kinsley was the Chief Deputy Secretary for Health at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.[3]

In January 2022, Kinsley became the Secretary of the NCDHHS succeeding Mandy Cohen.[4][3]

Kinsley joined other officials across the country in a March 2022 letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for an update to their blood donation rules which barred most gays and bisexuals from donating blood. In 2023, the FDA updated their criteria to be more risk-based allowing Kinsley to donate blood for the first time in more than a decade.[5]

Kinsley has been a vocal advocate for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina, emphasizing its importance for improving healthcare access and outcomes for residents. Under his leadership, the state has made significant strides in expanding Medicaid coverage, with a particular focus on underserved populations and rural areas. Kinsley believes that Medicaid expansion is not just a health policy but a critical economic tool that can bring jobs, stabilize rural hospitals, and spur economic growth.[6]

Personal life

Kinsley is openly gay and has been an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.[4]


  1. Woodruff, Sterling (February 14, 2022). "Alumnus Reflects on Path from Student to Public Servant".
  2. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Obama White House Archives. June 29, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Kody Kinsley: Paying it Forward in the Public Sector".
  4. 4.0 4.1 Staff (November 30, 2021). "Kody Kinsley to lead NCDHHS as first openly gay cabinet secretary in N.C. history". wbtv.com.
  5. Crumpler, Rachel (2023-08-14). "More gay and bisexual men can donate blood as eligibility policy catches up to science". CityView. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  6. "Why North Carolina is investing in expanded Medicaid access". PBS NewsHour. February 18, 2022.

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