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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7ACYF Welcomes New Commissioner

On August 5 of this year, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rafael López as the new commissioner for the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF's) Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Mr. López brings with him a strong track record of public service on behalf of children and families. He was a senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. López advocated for and promoted the well-being of children and families in a number of positions. From 2010 to 2013, he was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and from 2009 to 2010, he served as the president and CEO of the Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.

Mr. López held several offices in his home State of California, including executive director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; deputy director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families; and senior deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. From 1999 to 2004, he served as the founding executive director of First 5 Santa Cruz County. Mr. López received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The ACYF commissioner, who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, leads ACYF's two bureaus, the Children's Bureau and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. These bureaus are responsible for different issues involving children, youth, and families and a crosscutting unit charged with research and evaluation.

Read Mr. López's testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, in which he discusses his commitment to public service and his concerns regarding issues such as abuse, mental health, violence, and poverty, at (23 KB).