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Kathryn H. Chantry

Kathryn Chantry is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of Administration for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (DOC). In this executive position, Ms. Chantry serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, and Assistant Secretaries on all business and information technology (IT) issues. She also oversees the establishment and execution of policies and procedures for business and administrative functions in support of the BIS programs. These functions include finance, budget, human resources, workforce studies, IT operations and cyber security, acquisitions, and program analysis and evaluation. Before joining BIS, Ms. Chantry was the Deputy Director for Insurance Programs in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of three temporary health insurance programs totaling more than $13 billion appropriated under the Affordable Health Care Act.

Ms. Chantry has more than 25 years of Federal service with extensive experience and agency recognition in managing budgets, IT and corporate assets. Her leadership positions span several Federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Department of Energy. Ms. Chantry also spent a brief tenure in the Office of the Inspector General, DOC, establishing a new data analytics program. Prior to her federal career, Ms. Chantry was a certified medical ophthalmic assistant and later joined the US Army working as a lab-rat and statistician in biomedical research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute.

In making the switch from research to business management, Ms. Chantry first completed an NIH management intern program and then took various jobs business and program management to better understand how large bureaucracies operate and how they can be improved. This also included serving as a writer-editor for 2 NIH directors. Having such diverse career experiences has enabled Ms. Chantry to problem-solve from multiple perspectives, be resourceful, and think out of the box. A long-time supervisor and mentor, Ms. Chantry takes great pleasure in coaching and guiding staff, providing insight on policy and political issues, and sharing lessons-learned.

Ms. Chantry earned her MPA from American University's Key Executive Program and is a co-author of several peer reviewed publications for her statistical and analytical contributions. She is an old-time runner and loves to garden. She also stays grounded with the help of her loving husband, a full-time certified massage therapist. An elected council woman on her Town Council and mother of 2 teenage children that keep her plenty busy, Ms. Chantry is also trying to finish her first science fiction/fantasy novel—one that blurs the lines between fusion energy, inner harmony (wa) and a cross-cultural love story.