HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Senate Confirmation of Carmen Nazario as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families

September 23, 2009
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Carmen Nazario as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. In that role, she will oversee the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within HHS.

"Carmen Nazario has a distinguished record of more than 40 years working in human services at every level of government, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors," said Secretary Sebelius.  "She has devoted her career to developing and implementing programs that promote the well-being of children and families, and she will build on that important work as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families."

Carmen Nazario's Bio:

Until her recent nomination, Carmen Nazario was an assistant professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, where she taught social policy and coordinated the Social Work Practicum at the School of Social Work.  Nazario has vast experience in public service with a focus on improving services to children and families within the United States and around the world, dating back to 1968.  From January 2003 - December 2008, she served as administrator of the Administration for Children and Families for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, where she led an agency of 4,000 staff with a budget of over $220 million.  Prior to that, she served as the senior resident investigator for the Jordan Poverty Alleviation Program, where she developed and implemented a national poverty reduction strategy for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and advised leaders in the nation on the delivery of social services.  During the Clinton Administration, she first served as associate commissioner for Child Care in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and later became the principal deputy assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families.  Nazario joined the Clinton Administration after serving as Secretary of Health and Social Services for the State of Delaware from 1993-1997, and, prior to that, she was the director of Social Services in Norfolk, Virginia, and Loudon County, Va.  Nazario has held a number of national leadership roles, including vice president of the Board of Directors of the American Public Welfare Association, president of the National Council of Local Public Welfare Administrators, and secretary of the National Council of State Human Service Administrators.  Nazario is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.  She received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1967, and was awarded her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in 1973.


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