Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW

Secretary, Health and Human Services

Marylou Sudders serves as Massachusetts’ Secretary of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) the largest executive agency in state government directly touching the lives of 1 in 4 residents.  Secretary Sudders oversees a nearly $24 billion state budget; 22,000 public servants; the MassHealth (Medicaid) insurance program that provides health coverage to 1.86 million low income or disabled residents; and twelve agencies including the Departments of Children and Families and Public Health.  She also leads the Commonwealth’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic; chairs the state’s health care marketplace (The Connector); the Autism Commission; co-chairs the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness and the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Professionally trained as a social worker, Secretary Sudders has been a public official, private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor.  She served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003 and has been recognized by top business, social work and civic organizations, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eastern Bank, and the National Association of Social Workers.

Sudders, is an alumna of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree with honors and a Master’s degree in social work, and has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Bridgewater State University.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services  

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.