Director, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, Maryland
Uma S. Ahluwalia is currently the Director of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Health and Human Services. With over 1,600 employees, the Department is one of the largest agencies in Montgomery County and includes Aging and Disability Services; Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; Children, Youth and Family Services; Public Health Services; and, Services to End and Prevent Homelessness. Under the leadership of the department’s core team, MCDHHS has been pursuing a strong integration and interoperability agenda across the HHS enterprise over the past eleven years and are reaching a level of maturity with our work.
The Department’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is approximately $320 million. Caseloads for the Department in the past four years have risen dramatically as more families and individuals struggle through the tough economy.
Uma holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi in India and a Specialist Post-Masters in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. Over a 29-year career in human services, she has progressively moved from case-carrying social work to executive leadership at the state and local levels.