Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Chief of Staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesOn Feb. 3, 2020, Kathy Nuebel Kovarik became the chief of staff of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Previously, she was the chief of the USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy for more than two years.

Background Experience/Significant Achievements

Nuebel Kovarik also 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.

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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