Organization, Leadership & Staff

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) is responsible for executing ACF’s key national goals and priorities in our eight-state area. The Regional Administrator provides executive leadership and direction to state, county, city, territorial and tribal governments, as well as to other public and private local grantees to ensure effective and efficient program and financial management.

Carlis V. WilliamsThe Regional Administrator, Carlis V. Williams, reports to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families through the Director of the Office of Regional Operations.

Under Ms. Williams’ direction, the Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA):

  • Promotes cross-cutting initiatives and activities, and interoperability among the ACF regional program offices
  • Enhances regional interests with HHS and other federal agencies to facilitate more effective partnerships and improved customer service
  • Coordinates ACF programs during regional emergencies (including natural disasters, pandemic flu, or other disasters)
  • Serves as the focal point for public affairs and media contacts

The Deputy Regional Administrator, also in the Atlanta office, serves as the full deputy to the Region 4 Regional Administrator.

Grants Management Regional Unit

The Grants Management Regional Unit is headed by the regional grants management officer and supports the Chief Grants Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.
The unit’s responsibilities include:
• Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are properly conducted
• Managing ACF’s discretionary, formula, entitlement and block grants in the region
• Directing all grants and cooperative agreements
• Ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies
• Performing audit resolutions
• Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issues
Contact: Regional Grants Management Officer:  Juan Gordon Sr. (404) 562-0440
E-mail: juan.gordon@acf.hhs.gov
 

Children's Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Children’s Bureau Director within the Administration for Children and Families. 

The unit is responsible for monitoring child welfare programs and providing technical assistance to states and tribes. In addition, the unit:

  • Provides programmatic oversight and technical assistance to the Court Improvement Project and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grantees 
  • Collaborates with ACF CB Central Office, other Regional Program Units and other interested parties on all significant program and policy matters

OCSE Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director/Commissioner, OCSE.

The unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of OCSE entitlement and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states, tribes and other grantees on all significant program and policy matters.

TANF Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Regional Program Unit is headed by the regional program manager who reports to the associate director of TANF within the Office of Family Assistance.  

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Child Care Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Child Care Bureau (CCB) Regional Program Unit is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Director, CCB within the Office of Family Assistance.

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of CCB block and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF central office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Head Start Regional Program Unit

The Head Start Regional Program Unit is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Program Operations Division in the Office of Head Start (OHS).

The unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of OHS discretionary programs and for collaborating with OHS State Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters. The Regional Program Unit oversees the day-to-day management of Head Start grantees and the provision of technical assistance.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Regional Program Unit

The Office of Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) staff is housed in Region 4 under the direction of the Family and Youth Services Bureau.  They are responsible for RHY grants and provide oversight for funding in the region.