New Director named at Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has appointed Natasha Pineda as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“We’re excited to have Natasha join the Municipality and are interested in supercharging the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Municipal Manager Bill Falsey.

Natasha Pineda will take over as Director of DHHS on July 9th. She comes from the State Department of Administration, where she currently serves as a deputy health official. Pineda has worked for the Municipality of Anchorage before as the community and family services division manager at DHHS. She also served as a program officer for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

“I am very pleased to be joining the Berkowitz Administration as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Pineda. “DHHS has an amazing team, doing great work in Anchorage, it will be my privilege to serve our community with them. We will be focusing on the three Ps of public health: prevent, protect and promote.  The health department is uniquely positioned and prepared to help improve overall health conditions in our city by activity engaging in education, service and policies that focus on promoting healthy living.   This department is working on a variety of issues critical to Anchorage and we will build on that good work while building in a focus on broader prevention efforts.”

Pineda takes over the role from Melinda Freemon, who was appointed to the position in August 2014 by former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.