OECD Health Ministerial and High-Level Policy Forum


Xavier Becerra

United States

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra is the 25th Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the United States. Throughout his career, from his early days as a legal advocate representing individuals with mental illness, to his role as the Attorney General of the state of California, Secretary Becerra has made it his priority to ensure that Americans have access to the affordable health care they need to survive and thrive. Today, Secretary Becerra is focused on carrying out President Biden's vision to build a healthy America and ensuring that all Americans have health security and access to health care. Born in Sacramento, California, Secretary Becerra is the son of working-class parents and the first in his family to receive a four-year degree. He is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes, and he is proud of his three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia, and son-in-law Ivan.