Iowa Announces New Director

According to a recent news release, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Ms. Kelly Kennedy Garcia, previously Deputy Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Ms. Garcia began her new role on November 1st.

“Kelly Garcia is an experienced social service leader and team builder with a passion for helping people and leading change,” said Governor. Reynolds. “For so many Iowans, DHS provides the critical services, protection and support they need to live and thrive. Kelly brings a depth of experience in a large-scale, high-impact government agency and will serve Iowa’s families and communities well in this vital role.”

The article further states that “In her previous role, Ms. Garcia oversaw the Health, Developmental and Independence Services (HDIS) department in Texas, which spans more than 40 client service programs and support functions with more than 700 employees and a $1.4 billion budget. She served in a number of other senior level human services roles, including deputy chief for the Office of Programs and Services, which includes oversight of Medicaid, eligibility operations, behavioral and mental health.”

NASDDDS Executive Director and Staff offer sincere congratulations to Ms. Garcia in her new role!