Wayne D. Palmer is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Acting Assistant Secretary pending confirmation of a permanent agency head. He was appointed to the position in August 2017, following engagements as Senior White House Advisor for the Department of Labor and Chief of Staff to Secretary R. Alexander Acosta.
Mr. Palmer previously served as Senior Manager of Congressional Relations at the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition, where he armed presidential transition teams with innovative tools to navigate the Senate confirmation process effectively.
Prior to that he oversaw operations for a global consultancy and owned a private consulting practice where he crafted health policy options for the National Association of Manufacturers and served as Thought Leader for IMS Health. For three years he spearheaded the drug safety team in Federal Government Relations at the world’s 7th largest pharmaceutical company and subsequently managed C-level governance teams for its $13 billion U.S. unit.
Earlier he served U.S. Senator George Voinovich (OH) and Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (PA) for a combined 13 years in a variety of legislative and management roles, lastly as Santorum’s Chief of Staff.
A native Pennsylvanian, Mr. Palmer earned his B.A. in Political Science from Penn State University and Master of Government Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania, subsequently entering federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Commerce and rotating through the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and White House Office of Management and Budget.