Ann Silverberg Williamson

Coordinated Care and Crisis Response Lead, Casey Family Programs
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ann Silverberg Williamson has dedicated herself to directing public agencies working to improve the quality of life for children, families and individuals. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Services (2013-2021) overseeing a wide range of care including child and family welfare, substance abuse and mental health, juvenile justice, and support services for aging adults as well as individuals with disabilities. In her capacity as a cabinet-level official, she led efforts to deliver an integrated continuum of care with individualized services delivered in the least restrictive environment. She worked with Congressional partners and nonprofit agencies to effect child welfare reform legislation at the federal level. Currently, she is serving on a task force aimed at improving Michigan’s delivery of services to children and families and is participating in the Aspen Institute’s two-generation effort focused on prenatal and early childhood care. A native of Louisiana, Ann served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services (2001-2008) leading her department through the human services crisis caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The U.S. Department of Agriculture noted these efforts with its Pinnacle Award in 2006.

Stories featuring Ann Silverberg Williamson

The COVID-19 pandemic has made more evident than ever the need to transform policies, practice, and systems to build upon the inherent resilience of families – especially those with low incomes and from BIPOC communities. In 2018 – 677,529 children experienced maltreatment in the US. 51 percent of those children were Black, Indigenous, or children …

Investing in Futures Means Investing in Families: Announcing the Two-Generation Prenatal to Three Learning and Action Community Read More »

BlogDecember 9, 2020
In a time of crisis, leaders emerge. The Harvard Business School underscored this point with an article by Professor Bill George on 10 outstanding leaders who have stepped up during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s especially important as we honor women leaders who have broken barriers during Women’s History Month that we also recognize women …

Coronavirus SHEroes: Building a Better Future for Families Read More »

BlogMarch 30, 2020