Department of Human Services
In January 2011, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Reggie as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Reggie has undertaken a bold initiative in Colorado to redesign and refocus the state agency, which employs more than 5,000 employees and operates on a $2 billion budget.
Reggie is a social worker, administrator, educator and national leader. He has extensive experience working on child welfare, education, employment and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the Inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Reggie currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the American Public Human Services Association, and earlier this year he was presented the APHSA State and Local Outstanding Member Award.
In January 2014, Reggie was recognized for his leadership and dedication with the Casey Family Programs “Excellence for Children Award” and in 2012, he was selected for the Ascend Fellowship, sponsored by the prestigious Aspen Institute, to focus on approaches to move children and parents beyond poverty.
Reggie and his wife, Becky have three children, and have served as foster parents.
About the Department of Human Services
The Department oversees the state’s 64 county departments of social/human services, the state’s public mental health system, Colorado’s system of services for people with developmental disabilities, the state’s juvenile corrections system and all state and veterans’ nursing homes, through more than 5,000 employees and thousands of community-based service providers. Colorado is a state-supervised, county-administered system for the traditional social services, including programs such as food stamps, disability services and child welfare services.