As Chief of Staff, Mr. Nicholls serves as a senior advisor to the Administrator, Principal Deputy Administrator and the agency on policy, program and operational actions, and also ensures the administration of ACL’s executive secretariat, congressional affairs and regulatory functions. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Nicholls served as the Deputy Director of Policy within the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where he oversaw the policy, congressional affairs, planning, budget formulation, grants, and executive secretariat activities of the organization. Since joining the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2005, he has also provided leadership on policy, program, management and strategic planning activities in other positions at ACL, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the HHS Office of the Secretary. Prior to federal service, he was a policy maker, program manager, and case worker in the public and private sectors of health care and long-term services and supports.
He received a Masters of Public Administration and Health Services Management and Policy from the Syracuse University-Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah. He resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and five children.