Director, Office of Communications (OC)
Samira Burns is the director of the Office of Communications, where she provides direction and leadership in the areas of public relations policy and internal and external communications services. She serves as advisor to the assistant secretary for children and families in the areas of public affairs; provides advice on strategies and approaches to be used to improve public understanding of and access to ACF programs and policies; and coordinates and serves as ACF liaison with HHS' assistant secretary for public affairs.
Prior to joining the Biden Administration in 2021, Samira was an early childhood consultant, including work as a senior advisor to ACF’s Office of Head Start. She served four years in the Obama Administration, first in the HHS secretary’s office, then as a senior advisor at the Office of Communications in HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, followed by an appointment to ACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development, working on policy and program initiatives that improve the quality of, and access to, early childhood programs across the country.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Samira holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Will. Outside the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, mentoring young professionals interested in public service and traveling to new places.