- Human-Serving Sector Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Successful Systems Change for Better Child Welfare
Susan N. Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
Prior to joining the Alliance on Jan. 3, 2012, Dreyfus was secretary for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in May 2009 and served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. She had responsibility for Medicaid, aging and long-term care, child welfare, behavioral health care, juvenile justice, economic assistance, and other human services.
Dreyfus previously served as senior vice president and COO for both Families International and the Alliance from 2003-2007.
In 1996 she was appointed by Gov. Tommy G. Thompson Administration in Wisconsin to be the first administrator of the Division of Children and Family Services. Her responsibilities included child welfare, child care quality and licensing, youth development and an array of emergency assistance and other community programs.
Dreyfus is a member of Leadership 18, a coalition of CEOs from the largest and most respected nonprofit organizations in America, and is the chair of its 2016 Executive Committee. She also serves on the governing boards of the American Public Human Services Association, Generations United, the National Human Services Assembly, and the International Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers.
She served on the 12-member National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, following her 2013 appointment by John Boehner, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district. The Commission completed its work in February 2016.
In 2015, Dreyfus was named to The NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list of nonprofit leaders because she “has become part of the sector’s social change narrative.”
The American Public Human Services Association awarded Dreyfus its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for her contributions to the field of health and human services in both the public and private sectors.
Dreyfus enjoys reading the biographies of the United States presidents, being with her family—especially her three grandchildren—and she has completed four marathons.