Organization, Leadership & Staff

The regional offices oversee the programmatic and financial management of ACF programs in the region and provide guidance to grantees and various entities responsible for administering these programs. All regional offices represent ACF to State, county, city and Tribal governments, grantees and public and private organizations in the region. Regional office staff represent the Office of the Regional Administrator, the Office of Grants Management, and the following programs: Child Care, Child Support Enforcement, Child Welfare, Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Runaway and Homeless Youth.

Office of the Regional Administrator

The Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA) is responsible for executing ACF’s key national goals and priorities in the region. ORA coordinates issues that may have significant regional or national impact and contributes to the development of ACF national policy based on knowledge of services in the region.

Robert E. (Bob) GarciaRobert E. (Bob) Garcia serves as the Regional Administrator for Region IX. Mr. Garcia began his career with the Federal government and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1989 when he was hired as the Regional Child Development Program Specialist. He initially served as a Head Start Program Specialist for two years until the authorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act and ensuing Federal child care program. He worked as the Regional Child Care program lead staff from 1991 to 2006 when he was promoted to the Regional Program Manager of the Office of Child Care. Over the course of his Federal government career, Mr. Garcia has also worked in several other ACF programs, including Child Welfare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In these various capacities Mr. Garcia has worked with State, Territory, and Tribal Administrators and staff. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1976 and his M.A. in Developmental Psychology/Early Childhood Cognition from San Francisco State University in 1981. He is the proud father of two adult daughters.

Contact: Robert “Bob” Garcia, Regional Administrator
Phone: (415) 437-8439
Email: robert.garcia@acf.hhs.gov

Grants Management Regional Unit

The Grants Management Regional Unit responsibilities include:
• Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are carried out
• 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.

Primary Contact: Pearl Wong, Grants Management Specialist
Phone: (415) 437-8466
Email: pearl.wong@acf.hhs.gov
Secondary Contact: Martin Tom, Regional Grants Management Officer
Email: martin.tom@acf.hhs.gov

Children’s Bureau Regional Program Unit

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of Children’s Bureau formula, entitlement, block and discretionary programs to State and Tribal agencies. These programs include:
• Child welfare, including child abuse and neglect
• Child protective services
• Family preservation and support
• Adoption
• Foster care
• Independent living
• State court improvement.

Contact: Douglas Southard, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (415) 437-8425
Email: douglas.southard@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Support Enforcement Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Program 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.

Primary Contact: Selena Long, Public Inquiry Specialist
Phone: (415) 437-8463
Email: selena.long@acf.hhs.gov
Secondary Contact: Elise Wing, Acting Regional Program Manager
Email: elise.wing@acf.hhs.gov

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Bureau Regional Program Unit

The TANF Bureau Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and for collaborating with the Office of Family Assistance, States, Tribes, and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Julie Fong, Regional Program Manager
Phone: (415) 437-8400
Email: julie.fong@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Care Regional Program Unit

The Office of Child Care (OCC) Regional Program Unit is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care Development (CCDF) block grant and discretionary programs and for collaborating with OCC, States, Tribes, and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Kim Relph, Program Specialist
Phone: (415) 437-8485
Email: kim.relph@acf.hhs.gov

Head Start Regional Program Unit

The mission of the Office of Head Start (OHS) is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services, as necessary. The Head Start Regional Program Unit is the funding agency to organizations that provide Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) services to pregnant women and children from birth to age 5. OHS provides oversight of these organizations through monitoring and technical assistance. For more information, resources and to locate a HS or EHS program in your community, please visit the OHS Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov

Primary Contact: Sarah Kennedy, Program Specialist
Phone: (415) 437-8420
Email: sarah.kennedy@acf.hhs.gov
Secondary Contact: Jan Len, Regional Program Manager
Email: jan.len@acf.hhs.gov

Family and Youth Services Bureau/Runaway and Homeless Youth Regional Program Unit

The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to promote safety, stability and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY), FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect youth.

Contact: Deborah Oppenheim, Program Specialist
Phone: (415) 437-8426
Email: deborah.oppenheim@acf.hhs.gov