Minna Castillo Cohen Named Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families
DENVER (November 7, 2017)—The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has named Minna Castillo Cohen the Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families.
As director of OCYF, Castillo Cohen will be responsible for directing the operations of programs and facilities that improve the safety, independence and well-being of Colorado’s children, youth and families. She will oversee OCYF’s three divisions -- Child Welfare, Youth Services and the Domestic Violence Program -- as well as the Colorado Juvenile Parole Board.
"In recent years, the Colorado Department of Human Services has had many opportunities to work with Minna and we've always been impressed by her dedication and passion to improving the lives of Colorado's children," said Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. "Her intense commitment to public service and her collaborative, dynamic nature will make her an excellent leader of the Office of Children, Youth and Families."
Castillo Cohen joins CDHS from Mile HIgh United Way, where she currently serves as the Vice President of Community Impact. There, she provides leadership, strategic vision and direction for the investment of resources to improve outcomes for children, youth, individuals and families while achieving community-level change. She has served for 20 years in the nonprofit sector, with all of her work focused on serving children, youth and families. Castillo Cohen’s experience includes serving immigrant and refugee youth through prevention projects focused on substance use prevention, bicultural competence, identity development and mentoring; providing fiscal management and oversight of the quality improvement initiatives for early education classrooms across Denver; and building and maintaining relationships with community partners across sectors to understand and address current community needs, trends, and gaps in resources.
“I’m excited to join an incredible leadership team working to ensure positive, sustainable outcomes for our community,” Castillo Cohen said. “It is an honor to serve Colorado’s children, youth and families.”
Castillo Cohen holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with an emphasis on child and adolescent development and a masters degree in education.
She begins her new duties November 27.