Before his current positions, David spent four years at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) as a member of the cabinet and chief advisor to both President Williams and President Trent-Adams. While at HSC, David oversaw a number of presidential initiatives. Additionally, he managed two executive transitions (Chancellor Williams, President Trent-Adams)
Prior to HSC, David served as a senior executive service presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2017 to August 2019. At HHS, David oversaw the appointment process for the 270+ federal advisory boards, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Operations and Management), HHS Chief Labor Negotiator, and as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration. In these roles, he worked on a number of presidential / secretarial initiatives including; EndingHIV, fentanyl / opioids, veteran, youth sports, and organizational management.
Before HHS, David worked for the California State Senate – District 37 (Orange County) – as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator John M. W. Moorlach. In that role, David oversaw a number of district specific bills on topics including; mental health, hospital funding, and state and local funding issues. He also worked for the County of Orange – District 2 – as Deputy Chief of Staff to Supervisor (Board Chairman) John M. W Moorlach. At the county, David oversaw parks and recreation issues, John Wayne Airport, labor negotiations, and healthcare / public health issues.
During this time, David also worked as a highly successful consultant with Clark Strategies Group, where he managed a number of city, county, and state races. In several instances, David worked with candidates who were outspent by a magnitude of three or four to one, and managed to have successful outcomes for his clients. David also worked on a number of independent expenditure campaigns.
David served as Interim President for his family’s home healthcare companies due to the unforeseen illness of a family member. There, David reorganized the company and positioned it to be sold.
David earned his Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and his B.A. in Business Administration from Vanguard University. He also taught; Orange County Politics – Vanguard University & Healthcare Policy and Politics – Pepperdine University.
He has served on the Mission Viejo Investment Advisory Commission and was Chairman of the Mission Viejo Planning and Transportation Commission. He is also a board member at the Community Engagement and Opportunity Council.Kaden has worked in the Capitol offices of two state senators – John Carona and Charles Schwertner. He staffed Senator Schwertner during the Sunset Commission’s 2015 review cycle and developed a deep working knowledge of the Sunset Review process. In the 84th Legislative Session, he was responsible for legislation originating from three different committees (Business and Commerce, Natural Resources and Criminal Justice) and for a variety of state budget issues within the Finance Committee. He has significant experience in a broad range of policy issues, including health insurance and professional licensing.
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Kaden worked as a lobbyist, representing the interests of nine separate clients before the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. In this capacity, he monitored all filed legislation, considered each piece’s impact on his clients and kept his clients informed via weekly analysis reports. He also developed strong relationships with legislative staff to effectively advance and defend his clients’ interests.