Leadership

Portrait picture of Jolleen Janelle GeorgeJ. Janelle George serves as the Acting Director for the Office of Community Services and Director of Management Services in the Office of Community Services. Ms. George joined ACF in 2005 through the Department’s Emerging Leaders Program. In nine years with OCS, her portfolio has included the Social Services Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the restructuring of CSBG Training and Technical Assistance programs, and most recently the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program. As the Director of Management Services, Ms. George will provide oversight in the areas of budget, human resources and procurement. Her primary responsibility will be to strengthen the administrative and management support provided to each of the OCS’s four Divisions and six programs.

Prior to ACF, Janelle worked in foster care and adoption and served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, School of Social Service, and Washington University - St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Ms. George is a Social Worker with experience in foster care, adoption, criminal justice, and domestic and international community development. She was also a Licensed Behavior Foster Parent for the State of Missouri for four years.

Ms. George completed her master’s degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and from Saint Louis University, respectively, and undergraduate degrees in social work and sociology from North Carolina State University.


Division of Social Services

Picture of Yolanda ButlerDr. Yolanda J. Butler is the Director of the Division of Social Services (DSS). Under her leadership, DSS will ensure the continuing success of the Social Services Block Grant. Most recently, Dr. Butler served as Deputy Director of the Office of Community Services for over 10 years; and from 2008 – 2011 she also served as the Acting Director of OCS. Dr. Butler has been an executive manager and advisor for nine block grant and discretionary grant programs (including one Presidential initiative program) that totaled about $8 billion. Prior to her positions in OCS, Dr. Butler served as a senior advisor on legislative, regulatory, and budget policy in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget where she worked on key social services and community programs. Dr. Butler received the doctorate in Political Science (concentrating in American Government and Public Administration) from Howard University in 2006 and was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF).


Division of Energy Assistance

Lauren Christopher is the Director of the Division of Energy Assistance which administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Leveraging Incentive Program and the Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH) at the federal level.  Previously, she served as the Energy Program Operations Branch Chief in the Division of Energy Assistance for three years starting in 2010. In that capacity, she oversaw the review of grantees’ annual LIHEAP Plans for funding, investigations into consumer complaints, the provision of training and technical assistance to grantees, and grantee compliance reviews.

Ms. Christopher has a public service career spanning more than 10 years with positions at both the federal and local government levels. She served as a LIHEAP program analyst for performance measurement and policy activities. She also has prior experience with several other federal programs, including the Child Support Enforcement Program and the U.S.-Mexico Border Program, which is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Christopher is an attorney, licensed in Maryland. She received her Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and her Master of Public Policy and Bachelor of Arts in political science from American University in Washington, D.C.


Division of Community Assistance

Portrait picture of Seth HassettSeth Hassett is the Director of the Division of Community Assistance (DCA) which administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). He oversees all program activities for CSBG grants to states, territories and tribes to support community-based services and strategies to help low-income people achieve economic opportunity and security. Mr. Hassett and other DCA staff coordinate grants and contracts for technical assistance, monitoring and performance management in CSBG. He has been with OCS in his current role since 2008. Prior to coming to OCS, he served in a variety of roles at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) including service as Chief of the Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Services Branch in the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and as Director of the Office of Program Planning and Coordination for CMHS. Mr. Hassett completed his master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and history from Guilford College. He began Federal service in 1993 as a Presidential Management Intern. He recently completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society executive development program.


Division of Community Discretionary and Demonstration Programs

Portrait picture of Lynda PerezLynda Perez was appointed Director of the Division of Community Discretionary and Demonstration Programs (DCDDP) in October of 2016. DCDDP includes three programs: Community Economic Development (CED) program, Rural Community Development (RCD) program, and Assets for Independence (AFI) program, totaling about $55.33 million in appropriations for FY 2016. She has extensive experience in grants management, procurement, and program operations. Ms. Perez has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and has earned a reputation for being a compassionate advocate for low-income people and social services.

Last Reviewed: May 24, 2017