Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander
Eric Friedlander was appointed Acting Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Andy Beshear on Dec. 10. He has spent 35 years in public service, most of them in CHFS.
He previously served under Gov. Steve Beshear as CHFS Deputy Secretary, where he helped lead and manage the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act and transformation of Kentucky’s healthcare delivery system. He has held many other positions in the Cabinet from Certificate of Need to Family Resource Centers to budget and policy positions.
Most recently, he served as Chief Resilience Officer at the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. The Resilience position was a part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. A worldwide network of cities looking at what factors were vital to assist and city to bounce back from the inevitable impact of an acute shock or chronic stress of aging infrastructure, inequality and poverty. In the Community Services part of his role, he also led the city’s response to individuals who were experiencing homelessness. This role also included some poverty-fighting initiatives like LIHEAP, Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Place, as well as advocacy offices that included the Office of Women, Veterans Affairs, Aging and Disabilities and Youth Development.
Secretary Friedlander is a graduate of Antioch College, and lives in Louisville with his wife, Indigo, and their cats and dogs.