Leon R. McCowan, Regional Administrator, Region VI (Dallas)

Leon McCowanLeon R. McCowan serves as the ACF Assistant Secretary’s representative for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI, Dallas, Texas.

He provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination for achieving ACF’s key national goals, priorities, and special initiatives; advocates for and advances the priorities of the HHS Secretary and ACF Assistant Secretary, and facilitates Administration initiatives to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, special populations, and distressed communities. 

He manages and coordinates special sensitive and cross-cutting projects and initiatives such as Healthy Marriage, Fatherhood, and Faith-based Programs in the region, consisting of the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  As Regional Administrator he helps achieve ACF’s key national goals and priorities by communicating ACF’s regional interests and concerns within HHS, with other Federal agencies, State human service departments and agencies, territorial and tribal governments, and with public and private local organizations that assist children and families.  He serves as the Lead Regional Administrator for Positive Youth Development, Child Support Enforcement, Responsible Fatherhood, and ACF’s Effective Use of Technology.

With more than 40 years of professional federal service, Mr. McCowan began his career in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. He has held various program and management positions within the Department of Health and Human Services, including: Regional Hub Director, West-Central Hub; Deputy Program Manager for the Office of Family Assistance; and as the Deputy Regional Representative for Child Support Enforcement.

In 2009, Mr. McCowan was awarded the Nancy H. Doherty Special Achievement Award – Federal Employee of the Year.  In 2006, he was named “Outstanding Agency Administrator” by the Dallas/Fort Worth 2005 Combined Federal Campaign and presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the HHS Assistant Secretary for his role in the 2005 hurricane relief efforts.  He received the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 for his work as a member of the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative Team and the HHS Assistant Secretary’s Partnering for Excellence Award as a member of the Positive Youth Development Team.  In 2001, he was recognized with the prestigious “Presidential Rank Award” for Meritorious Executives.  Mr. McCowan has been recognized throughout his career with numerous certificates and distinguished service awards for his Federal leadership and his service to the local community and other communities within the Region VI area.

Mr. McCowan received his B.A. in Sociology from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton.

He is married to Curtistene McCowan; they have two married sons and three granddaughters.