District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance
Melanie Williamson, Chief of Staff, DHCF
As Chief of Staff, Melanie is a top advisor to the Director and is directly responsible for identifying, managing, and coordinating the implementation of major executive policy issues as well as projects formulated at the Director’s level. Melanie manages the flow of work within the Executive Management team and ensures that all projects of interests to the Director are completed in a quality and timely manner. Further, in the absence of the Director, the Chief of Staff will serve as the Acting Director.
A key part of Melanie’s job is to manage the activity and work in and around the Director’s office. In this role, Melanie is responsible for developing the Directors strategic schedule, approving speaking engagements, ensure that meeting materials are prepared for the Director’s review in advance of significant meetings, identifying staff support for all meetings, and providing strategic advice to the Director on the substance of meetings.
Melanie coordinates all policy and legislative matters and will coordinate the agency’s response on all such matters which are to be brought before the Mayor’s office and Council. The Director should never receive a call from either the Mayor’s office or the Council complaining about or even offering support for a bill or policy that DHCF has advanced without his knowledge or awareness.
Melanie will periodically represent the Director in meetings with external stakeholders and on committees or boards which may be inter-Departmental or may include representatives of the public and/or other Departments and agencies within and outside the D.C. Government. In such meetings she has full authority to judiciously speak for the Director, and the decision-making authority to commit the department to a specific course of action.
On internal matters, the Chief of Staff has full decision-making power except on issues where ultimate decisions have to be made by the Director. It is expected, however, that the Chief will allow other leaders within the Office to make decisions in their areas of expertise unfettered by regular intrusions from the Director and the Chief of Staff.
Ms. Williamson obtained her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006 and is also a proud graduate of the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences.