Ken Tota, Deputy Director Office for Refugee ResettlementActing Director, Kenneth Tota

Ken Tota is the Deputy Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  He has served in this capacity since 2008 and previously served as Acting ORR Director in 2006. 

Prior to ORR, he served as Senior Program Specialist at the Immigration and Naturalization Service where he provided oversight to the Unaccompanied Children’s Program and the transfer from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Since the transfer to ORR, Ken has worked to significantly increase capacity and enhance care and services for newly arriving children. 

While at ORR he has worked to enhance funding and services for refugees by focusing on the most vulnerable populations, technical assistance and expanding intensive case management.  Ken has also been instrumental in the creation of an ORR Division to focus on refugee health related issues and developing numerous partnerships and collaborations in support of expanding services to refugees.

Before entering civil service, Ken was the Cuban Haitian Program Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, DC and Miami, FL. 

Ken has Masters in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC.

Last Reviewed: March 25, 2015