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Biography: Alexandra Shabelski

Deputy Director for Formulation
Office of Financial Planning and Analysis
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


​Alexandra Shabelski is the Deputy Director for Formulation, Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (FPA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response (ASPR) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ASPR leads the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. FPA is the primary point of contact to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and ensures that ASPR's resources are consistent with the Administration’s guidelines and procedures. Ms. Shabelski is responsible for formulating ASPR’s annual and multi-year budgets and aligning resources to meet national priorities.

During her public service career, Ms. Shabelski has held a number of positions at the federal, county, and township levels with responsibility for budget, operations, and related functions. Prior to Joining ASPR, she served as Director of the Office of Program Analysis and Coordination (OPAC) and Senior Advisor to the Director, Center of Substance Abuse
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and Prevention, within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As OPAC Director, she led budget formulation and execution, strategic planning and program development, grants and contracts oversight, human capital, Executive Secretariat, and records management functions. As Senior Advisor, Ms. Shabelski was SAMHSA's liaison to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and coordinated efforts to fund nearly 500 grants to community coalitions to prevent youth substance abuse. Ms. Shabelski also led the Office of Financial Resources’ formulation of SAMHSA’s $3.5 billion budget. In this role she was instrumental in gaining consensus on agency-wide program priorities and cross-cutting issues as well as developing and monitoring SAMHSA’s budget submissions to HHS, OMB, ONDCP, and Congress.

Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Shabelski served as Acting Chief, Budget Reporting and Legislative Branch, within the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There she contributed to formulating NIH's $31.5 billion budget for biomedical research. She also managed the execution of NIH's $10 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. In addition, she led the legislative process for appropriations hearings, provided legislative analysis to the Budget Director, and briefed Congressional staffers.

Ms. Shabelski is the recipient of a number of awards including, the NIH Director’s awards for the Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network (BRAIN), an automated database for Congressional reporting and reorganization of NIH following creation of a new Institute; and, Montgomery County’s Best award for establishing the County’s first Pedestrian Safety Initiative and Montgomery's CountyStat program. Ms. Shabelski holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.

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  • This page last reviewed: March 23, 2016