Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Nancy E. Boyda was sworn in on 20 July 2009. She serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs for all manpower and personnel policy matters supporting the 1.2 million members of the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces. She is also responsible for oversight of the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program that supports all Reserve members and their families throughout the deployment cycle.
Mrs. Boyda graduated with honors from William Jewell College of Liberty, Missouri, where she received dual degrees in chemistry and education. She began her career in 1978 working as an analytical chemist and field inspector for the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the next two decades, she held management positions with several pharmaceutical companies.
In November 2006, Mrs. Boyda was elected to Congress representing the Second District of Kansas in the United States House of Representatives. The Kansas Second District includes Topeka, Leavenworth, Manhattan, and most of northeast and southeast Kansas. Her District also included Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Headquarters, Kansas National Guard, Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center and two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals campuses. While in Congress, Mrs. Boyda served on the House Armed Services Committee (Military Personnel Subcommittee and Readiness Subcommittee) and the Agricultural Committee.
During her time in Congress, Mrs. Boyda worked to improve the individual readiness of active duty, Guard and Reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard men and women. Her work on readiness also included a focus on family support. Her work led to legislation allowing portable in-state tuition in all 50 states, funding for a new medical facility at Fort Riley and assistance for military members and their families to secure affordable housing. Mrs. Boyda also helped establish a Joint Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs Transition Center to assist military members and their families to maintain their health care and benefits.
Mrs. Boyda is married to Steve Boyda, a Marine Corps veteran.