February 23, 2021: Patricia (Patty) Montes Barron was recently appointed as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. She succeeds former Deputy Assistant Secretary Anne Kimberley Joiner in the position. Prior to her current position, Ms. Barron served as the Director of the Family Readiness Directorate at the Association of the United States Army and supported all AUSA family programs and events by providing management and oversight to all directorate activities. She has also served as the Director of Outreach, Military Family Projects at Zero to Three and worked as the Director of Youth Initiatives at the National Military Family Association where she oversaw NMFA’s Operation Purple Camp program. She has served in numerous capacities to support military families including the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council, Zero to Three’s “Coming Together Around Military Families” Advisory Committee, the Sesame Street Workshop “Talk, Listen, Connect; Phase Two” Advisory Panel, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Advisory Board, the Child Care Aware of America Advisory Board, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Military Leadership Council. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, a M.S. in Education from Long Island University, an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University and an Executive Education Certificate from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government.