Leadership

Larry Handerhan

  • Chief of Staff

Larry Handerhan joined the Administration for Children and Families as chief of staff and senior advisor in January 2021.

Prior to his position, Larry was chief of...

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Jennifer Cannistra

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy

Jennifer Cannistra joined the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at HHS as the deputy assistant secretary for policy in February 2021. Before joining ACF, she was the deputy...

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Debra Johnson

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs

Debra Johnson is the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  She joined the Biden Administration in...

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Ben Goldhaber

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Ben Goldhaber serves as the deputy assistant secretary for administration for the Administration for...

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Lila Lee

  • Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Lila Lee serves as the associate deputy assistant secretary for administration. In this role, she oversees all of the Office of Administration’s (OA) management services, both for internal OA...

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Katie Hamm

  • Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development| Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Katie Hamm joined the Administration for Children and Families at HHS as the associate deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development in February...

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Naomi Goldstein

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)

Naomi Goldstein is the deputy assistant secretary for planning, research, and evaluation in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. She serves as ACF’s chief evaluation officer.

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Program Office Leadership

Michelle Sauve

  • Acting Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

Michelle Sauve (St. Regis Band of Mohawk) serves as the (acting) Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and (acting) Deputy Assist Secretary...

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Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D.

  • Associate Commissioner, Children's Bureau (CB)

Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D., is the associate commissioner in the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, located within the Administration for Children...

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Debbie Powell

  • Acting Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

Debbie Powell currently serves as the acting associate commissioner and the deputy associate commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).

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Ellen Wheatley

  • Acting Director, Office of Child Care (OCC)

Ellen Wheatley is the Acting Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC).

 

 

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Sebrina Blake

  • Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)

In December of 2016, Sebrina Blake joined HHS as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Administration of Children and Families.

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Linda Boyer

  • Acting Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

Linda Boyer is the acting commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Under her leadership, OCSE helps child support agencies in states and tribes develop, manage, and operate...

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Kenneth Wolfe

  • Acting Director, Office of Communications (OC)

Ken Wolfe serves as acting director of the Office of Communications where he provides direction and leadership in the areas of public relations policy and internal and...

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Dr. Lanikque Howard

  • Director, Office of Community Services (OCS)

Dr. Lanikque Howard is the Director in the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF). As the OCS Director, she provides leadership and...

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Susan Golonka

  • Acting Director, Office of Family Assistance (OFA)

Susan Golonka joined ACF as Deputy Director of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in May 2012.  Now as the Acting Director of OFA, she oversees the administration of the Temporary...

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Dr. Bernadine Futrell

  • Director, Office of Head Start (OHS)

Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Head Start (OHS) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families.  Dr. Futrell, a Head Start child, began her...

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Natalie Grant

  • Director, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR)

Ms. Grant joined the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response in November, 2018. In this capacity, she oversees...

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Amanda Barlow

  • Director, Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB)| Acting Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)

Amanda Barlow is the Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB) and Acting Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) within the Administration...

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Mishaela Durán

  • Director, Office of Regional Operations (ORO)

Mishaela Durán serves as the director of the Office of Regional Operations at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Mishaela is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary on...

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Cindy Huang

  • Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Cindy Huang serves as the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

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Katherine Chon

  • Director, Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)

Katherine Chon is the founding director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OTIP...

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Regional Leadership

Elaine Zimmerman

  • Regional Administrator, Region 1

Elaine Zimmerman is the Region I Administrator for the Administration of Children and Families, representing the six states of New England. She oversees work in child support, child care, refugee...

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Joyce Thomas

  • Regional Administrator, Region 2

Joyce A. Thomas is the Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Region 2. The Region includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and...

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Erin McDonald

  • Regional Administrator, Region 3

Erin McDonald, PhD, MPP, is the Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and...

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Carlis V. Williams

  • Regional Administrator, Region 4

Carlis V. Williams serves as the southeast regional administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) based in Atlanta, Georgia and was the former Chairperson of the Atlanta...

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Angela Green

  • Regional Administrator, Region 5

Angela Green serves as the regional administrator for the Administration for Children and Families’ Region 5. In this capacity, she oversees the high-priority human services initiatives of the...

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Lakesha Pope Jackson

  • Regional Administrator, Region 6

Ms. Jackson has more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of youth and families in multiple systems of care. As the Region 6 Regional Administrator (RA), Ms. Jackson is responsible for...

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Christie Appelhanz

  • Regional Administrator, Region 7

Ms. Christie Appelhanz is the Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in Region 7, which serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In this capacity, she...

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Nikki Hatch

  • Regional Administrator, Region 8|Acting Regional Administrator, Region 10

Nikki Hatch serves as the regional administrator (RA) for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and...

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Pete Weldy

  • Regional Administrator, Region 9

Pete Weldy joins the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) with extensive experience working...

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