Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Chief, Office of Policy and Strategy

Experience and Achievements

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik has been selected as the chief of the Office of Policy and Strategy. She began her new role on April 2, 2017. 

Nuebel Kovarik previously served as an advisor to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly. She worked for the U.S. Senate for more than 17 years, most recently as professional staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary under Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. During that time, she worked on all immigration legislation, including proposals focused on E-Verify, H-1B visas and EB-5 reform. She also was the staff director of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth to help advance policies affecting foster youth and families. 

Before moving to the Judiciary Committee, she served in Grassley’s personal office, working on an array of policy issues, including immigration, financial services, foster care, adoption, public health, welfare and appropriations.


Nuebel Kovarik is from Le Mars, Iowa. She graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1998 and has since lived in Washington, D.C.  

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