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David A. Hansell, Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services
Mayor de Blasio appointed David A. Hansell Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services in February 2017.
From 2009 to 2011, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, Hansell helped oversee a division with an approximately $50 billion annual budget, responsibilities included child welfare, economic support, early childhood education, and special population programs. Hansell helped implement the “Fostering Connections to Success Act” to improve services for older youth in foster care and enhance educational continuity.
At New York State, Hansell was Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, where he helped achieve a historic level of household participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative, and helped reform New York State’s child support programs to heighten compliance and increase payments to custodial parents and children.
During the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, he was the Director of Legal Services and Deputy Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He was a former aide to two U.S. Senators, and began his career as a sixth grade teacher.
Hansell has served as a consultant to several non-profit, government, and philanthropic organizations on a diverse array of health and social services policy and advocacy issues. Just prior to coming to ACS, he was Head of KPMG’s Health & Human Services Center of Excellence. Commissioner Hansell is a graduate of Yale Law School and Haverford College.
Brenda Donald, Director, DC Child and Family Services Agency
Brenda Donald returned to the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) as its director in January 2017.
Previously, she served as deputy mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) for the District of Columbia beginning in January 2015. As deputy mayor, Donald was charged with ensuring residents of all ages receive the services they need to lead healthy and productive lives in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, DMHHS successfully managed the close-out of the DC Trust; led efforts to establish the Safe at Home program, a partnership between the DC Office on Aging and the Department of Housing and Community Development; opened Genesis, the first intergenerational housing program for seniors and young moms aging out of foster care; and established Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnership Prevention Programs, through which more residents are connecting to job training and employment opportunities, communities and families are working to end cycles of violence, and students throughout all eight wards benefit from rich summer and out-of-school programs.
Widely credited with accelerating the District’s ongoing child welfare reform and establishing a host of performance improvements, Donald served as director of CFSA from January 2012 to December 2015. Within the first two months of her tenure, the native Washingtonian established a strategic agenda known as the Four Pillars that has focused the District child welfare system on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. Director Donald originally joined CFSA shortly after the District elevated the child welfare function to a cabinet-level agency, serving as the agency’s first chief of staff from 2001 until April 2004. She was agency director until July 2005, and then served as DC deputy mayor for Children, Youth, Families, and Elders until December 2006.
Donald has over 25 years of senior management experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Before rejoining CFSA, she was vice president of the Center for Effective Family Services and Systems at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s largest organization solely dedicated to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.
As secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources from 2007 to 2010, Donald was responsible for designing and implementing two major systems reform agendas: Place Matters, a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s child welfare system, and MD RISE, a workforce development initiative for welfare and child support customers. In 2010, the Maryland Daily Record named Donald one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
David Stillman, Assistant Secretary, Economic Services Administration, Washington Department of Social and Health Services
David Stillman serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Economic Services Administration (ESA) in Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), a position he has held since May 2011. ESA’s efforts are focused on the reality that Washington’s well-being and prosperity are interconnected with the well-being and prosperity of its people. Under David’s leadership, ESA launched a unifying goal to reduce poverty by half in a way that eliminates disparities and removes the barriers to opportunity we all need to thrive.
Poverty prevents people from reaching their full potential, reduces overall economic productivity and contributes to numerous societal costs or damages. Together, ESA’s portfolio of programs and services aim to achieve its poverty reduction goal.
David provides leadership for nearly 4,400 dedicated employees; more than 60 offices located in every corner of Washington and oversees a $2.2 billion-dollar biennial budget. Each day ESA staff provide life transformative services for a customer base of about two million individuals, or one in four Washington residents. Prior to accepting his current position, David worked for the Division of Child Support (DCS), beginning as a Support Enforcement Officer 1 and culminating as the DCS Director from 2005 to 2011.
Tracy Wareing Evans, American Public Human Services Association
Tracy Wareing Evans is the President and CEO of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), a bipartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing the nation's top government human service executives, including states, the District of Columbia and the territories, their key program managers, and hundreds of county-level human service directors nationwide. Building on the expertise and experience of the APHSA membership, Wareing Evans is leading the Association's efforts to drive transformation of the health and human services system to a more sustainable path that is both effective and cost efficient.
Wareing Evans has a long history in high-level policy development and public administration. Prior to joining APHSA, Wareing served as a senior adviser to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Before moving to Washington D.C. in 2009, Wareing Evans lived in Arizona and served as Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, an integrated human service agency. In that role, she oversaw protective services for children and adults; cash assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance; Medicaid eligibility determinations; workforce and employment supports; unemployment insurance; aging and adult services as well as child care and child support enforcement. Prior to her cabinet appointment, she served as policy adviser for human services under then Arizona Gov. Napolitano and as interim deputy director of the state's child welfare division. She has also served as the lead counsel in the Arizona Attorney General's office representing child protective services. Wareing Evans began her career in private practice at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Phoenix.
Reiko Osaki, President and Founder, Ikaso Consulting
Reiko Osaki is the President and Founder of Ikaso Consulting, a public-sector consulting firm focused on health and human services, organization strategy, business process workflow, procurement, and project management. She draws on her experience serving ten state government administrations and 14 years of public sector consulting work to help her clients collaboratively implement change and achieve sustainable results. Ms. Osaki’s areas of expertise include human services and Medicaid program design, organization analysis, procurement strategies, negotiations, and contract management. Ms. Osaki leads a team of seasoned experts, all committed to state government programs and initiatives.
Ms. Osaki is a graduate of Stanford University and has actively supported her alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees Task Force on Minority Alumni Relations and a member of the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Derrik Anderson, Executive Director, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
Derrik currently serves as Executive Director of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) in Charlotte, NC. As a systems organizer, he provides vision, leadership, and knowledge as he serves a collaborative leadership team of 15 partner organizations and institutions working within the community to reduce disproportionality and disparate outcomes for children and families of color.
In collaboration with the leadership team, he guides the development of the strategic direction for the organization, manages capacity building and sustainability efforts, as well as prioritizes practice change across the organization. Furthermore, Derrik implements the necessary changes within the organizational practices and culture to advance racial equity.
Leading with his authentic voice, Derrik has a passion and genuine interest to share information that fosters relationships and builds healthy teams and organizations. He is a racial equity, diversity and inclusion trainer and consultant.
Derrik obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. Also, he received a master’s degree in Social Service Administration (MSSA) and a master’s degree in Management of Nonprofit Organization (MNO) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) from National Diversity Council; is certified in Systems Thinking from Cornell University; and is certified in Non-profit Management from Duke University. He has also served as Assistant Professor and Bachelor Social Work, Director of Field Education at Johnson C. Smith University.
Derrik is an appointed member for Chief Justice’s Commission on Fairness and Equity for North Carolina Judicial Branch. He serves as a member of the Racial & Ethnic Disparities (RED) Subcommittee for North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Also, Derrik was appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Community Equity Committee and serves as a co-chair for the Educational Opportunity and High Expectations Subcommittee.
Anne Mosle, Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Anne Mosle is a leading thinker, advocate, and voice in building pathways to opportunity for low-income families. With more than 20 years’ experience in policy and philanthropy, Mosle has been recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, Ms. Magazine Woman to Watch, and Visionary Philanthropist. Currently, she directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security. Ascend is investing $1.5 million in promising two-generation programs and policy solutions, has launched a national network and fellowship, and is leveraging resources for better outcomes for families.
Mosle has an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Endicott College.
Kathy Park, CEO, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
As CEO of NCCD, Kathy Park provides strategic vision to the organization while overseeing programmatic and organizational operations. Kathy has led key initiatives including Data for Equity, ethics in predictive analytics, and Pay for Success and Social Innovation Finance projects.
Kathy joined NCCD in 2000. She has worked throughout her tenure in partnership with numerous state and local social services agencies across the United States and internationally to transform child welfare, juvenile justice, and adult protective services systems through an infusion of research-based and data-driven approaches to decision making.
Kathy came into the field of social justice out of a desire to prevent youth from escalating within and across the child welfare-juvenile justice-adult corrections systems. She began working as a child protective services front-line investigator with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. She went on to work in ongoing family preservation, in supervising a blended child and adult protection unit, and at the state’s protective services policy unit.
Kathy has served on peer review panels for the National Institute of Justice and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. She is a member of the National Center on the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the National Adult Protective Services Association and its Research Committee. She has served as a board member for the Wisconsin Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (WIPSAC) and as a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club.
Kathy is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar and the recipient of the 2011 Rosalie S. Wolf Memorial Award from the National Adult Protective Services Association given in recognition of a significant contribution to the knowledge and development in the fields of elder abuse or persons with disabilities. Her writing has appeared in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, The Crime Report, Wisconsin State Journal, Chronicle of Social Change, Cap Times, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kathy has spoken and presented for organizations including the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), Data for Impact, MetroLab Network, Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Operation New Hope, #cut50, Ford Foundation, Social Innovation Fund, and Third Sector Capital Partners.
Dannette R. Smith, CEO, Department of Health and Human Services
Dannette R. Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Health and Human Services for the state of Nebraska in February of 2019. She brings more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in large, complex organizations to the State. She spearheaded the development of the Department’s fourth annual business plan, which supports Governor Pete Ricketts’ strategic vision. The plan outlines her four-pronged approach to leading the Department.
Smith seeks to be a catalyst for creating innovative programmatic and technological solutions in human service organizations. In addition to improving the overall operational structure of DHHS, she currently oversees several large-scale initiatives including:
Prior to joining the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Smith was the Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services. She has also worked in a leadership capacity in Seattle, WA, Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Cook County, IL.
A true advocate of public and community service, Smith serves on the boards of the Healing Place of Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA, and ATTACh (the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children), Minneapolis, MN.
Smith holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Under the auspices of the Child Welfare League of America, she participated in a child welfare leadership program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also attended the County Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H. was appointed as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb effective January 9, 2017. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy State Health Commissioner and Director for Health Outcomes at the Indiana State Department of Health. Dr. Sullivan is currently a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.
She served as the Division Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and was the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Residency from 2007-2015.
Dr. Sullivan continues to work clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston Honors College and her Masters in Public Health at the Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. She earned her Medical Doctorate at Indiana University School of Medicine and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Sullivan is dedicated to building effective and efficient delivery of health care and social services to Hoosiers. She takes a public health approach to policy decisions and is committed to strategic alignment across government and the private sector to improve health outcomes and fill unmet social needs. She was recognized in 2019 as the recipient of the APHSA Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award and is a 2017 Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence.
FSSA is a health care and social service delivery and integration agency. The mission of FSSA is to compassionately serve Hoosiers of all ages and connect them with social services, health care and their communities.
FSSA includes: Division of Family Resources (DFR), Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP), Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), Division of Aging, Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL), and the Disability Determination Bureau.
Rodney Adams, Former Director, Mecklenburg County (NC) Department of Community Resources
In 2020, Rodney Adams retired from his three year role as Director for the Mecklenburg County Department of Community Resources, where he led the County’s Health and Human Services integration effort to integrate segments of Public Health, Child Support, Veterans and Social Services.
Rodney brings to this role over 30 years in Human Services experience, previously serving as Social Services Department Deputy Director, Support Services Director, Aging Services Director, and Economic Services Director in Mecklenburg.
In June 2018, Rodney pioneered the launch of the first, to be six, place-based Health and Human Services Community Resource Centers, to be strategically located throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Through collaboration with community leaders, non-profit, faith and other civic leaders, the Community Resource Center focuses on delivering integrated health and human service programs utilizing a Social Determinant lens to strengthen individuals and families, promote health and wellness and build communities.
Throughout his tenure, Rodney has served on numerous boards and initiatives, including serving as County Champion for implementation of the North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology (NCFAST), currently serving as a member of the American Public Human Services Association’s Local Council Executive Committee, and the Association’s Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being Committee, and executive member of the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice Initiative in Mecklenburg County. Rodney is a well-respected, sought-out voice engaged in numerous local, state and national panel discussions and initiatives focused on use of social determinants for increased self-sufficiency and stability, and most recently served as a panelist for the Merge Mobility Community Conversation spearheaded by North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District Congresswoman Alma Adams.
Rodney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies and Master’s in Theology and holds County Administration certification from the UNC School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rodney also serves as a pastor in his local community and is married to his wife of 32 years, Linda, and they have two children.
Duke Storen, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Social Services
For nearly 30 years, Duke Storen's academic and professional career has focused keenly on the alleviation of poverty. Working in all sectors, including academia, community-based not-for-profits, state government, and consulting, Duke has dedicated his time and efforts to social policy and programs designed to bring relief to low-income populations.
Prior to joining VDSS as Commissioner, Duke served as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Program Development at Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through the national No Kid Hungry campaign. At Share Our Strength, Duke led federal and state advocacy, research on poverty and child nutrition programs, executive consulting with federal and state government, and a program innovation lab that developed and tested program improvements of nutrition programs.
Just before serving under two administrations at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, where he led efforts to improve program access to nutrition programs and managed the child nutrition programs, Duke served as the Deputy Director of a private government IT consulting company, State Information Technology Consortium (SITC). Duke also worked for state government in both New Jersey and Virginia where he was responsible for the administration of all safety net programs, including TANF, Child Care, Child Support, Child Welfare, and WIC.
Duke spent a number of years at Rutgers University as a researcher, graduate student professor, and project director at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development while earning his PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy. Duke also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice from the College of the Holy Cross, and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Duke grew up in Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis and Atlanta before settling in Houston where he attended high school. Duke now resides in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, Barbara and their five children between the ages of 4 and 18. Duke's special interests include youth sports, volunteerism, social action, humanitarian relief, economic empowerment, health and human rights.
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