THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES OLIVIA A. GOLDEN AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FAMILY SUPPORT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
The President today announced his intent to nominate Olivia A. Golden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Family Support, also known as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, at the Department of Health and Human Services. The position title was changed administratively to reflect the creation of the Administration for Children and Families in 1991.
Olivia A. Golden, of Washington, DC, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, has served in several positions at the Department of Health and Human Services since November 1993. She was Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, and currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Prior to that position, Dr. Golden was Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families in the Administration for Children and Families, where she was responsible for oversight of social programs such as Head Start, the Children's Bureau, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Child Care Bureau.
Before coming to the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Golden was director of programs and policy for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for policy development, advocacy, and research regarding health, income, child care, child welfare, adolescent pregnancy prevention, youth development, and integrated services to children and families. From 1987-1991, Dr. Golden was a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, focusing on child and family policy, employment and training, and public management. She has also held several positions in state government, including Budget Director for the Executive Office of Human Services in Massachusetts. Dr. Golden earned a B.A. degree from Harvard University, and an M.A. degree and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
The mission of the Administration for Children and Families is to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of families and the healthy development of children and youth. Key programs include Head Start, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), child support enforcement, child abuse and neglect, family preservation and family support services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the JOBS program, and the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).
Additionally, the Administration oversees programs involving Native Americans, developmental disabilities grants, community services, Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities, runaway and homeless programs, refugee assistance, as well as foster care and adoption assistance.