Ann Silverberg Williamson was appointed executive director in October 2013. Williamson has dedicated her career to serving children, families, and adults through public-private partnerships. As executive director, she is responsible for the administration and supervision of a committed workforce that provides support and services to Utah’s most vulnerable children, families and adults.
Utah Department of Human Services is composed of the Division of Aging and Adult Services, Division of Child and Family Services, Division of Juvenile Justice Services, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, Utah State Developmental Center, Utah State Hospital, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Office of Licensing, Office of Recovery Services and Office of Public Guardian.
Services provided by Utah Department of Human Services are designed to meet Utahns in their communities and in a manner that best meets their needs. Working closely with community partners, the primary goal of the department is to give children, youth, individuals, and families an opportunity to live safe, healthy and successful lives.
A native of Louisiana, Williamson served that state for the past 15 years working in both the public and private sectors in the interests of human services. Throughout her career, she has been seen as a reformer seeking the most effective and efficient use of resources to produce results for those she serves.
Williamson led the Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS, now Department of Children and Family Services) from 2001-2008, holding consecutive cabinet posts. While at the agency, Williamson championed the development of the integrated human service delivery program, “No Wrong Door,” and led the department’s emergency response to the 2005 catastrophic hurricanes that impacted the state. During her tenure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture honored DSS with the Pinnacle Award, a national citation of excellence, for the department’s efforts following the storms.
From 2009 until 2013, as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), Williamson led advocacy efforts for the statewide member organization working to strengthen the effectiveness and sustainability of the nonprofit sector. In 2012, she was honored as one of the nation’s top 50 leaders by The NonProfit Times.
Williamson graduated from Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a degree in theology and earned a master’s in Social Work from Louisiana State University (LSU). Williamson received awards from both Wofford College and LSU as a Distinguished Alumna.
She and her husband Tyler are the committed parents of three children – 10-year-old twin daughters and a 7-year-old son – who are now making Utah their home.