Bronia E. Ashford is a leader in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) who is integral to the development of procedures and frameworks that ensure agency-wide cross-pollination and staff support. She joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2008. She is currently a Management and Project Specialist within ACF’s Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator (IORA).

Ms. Ashford is a policy advisor that provides leadership on all high-priority strategic initiatives. The primary goal of these strategic initiatives is to develop and sustain; federal, non-federal, and public and private partnerships that are collaborative and provide opportunities for systemic change. In her role, Ms. Ashford leverages transformative opportunities that support ACF goals and objectives for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services.

Ms. Ashford’s commitment to family self-sufficiency/strengthening, homelessness, responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships, and trauma informed care, and New Americans is evident and mirrored in career path. Ms. Ashford is the Regional Office Liaison for the Office of Trafficking in Persons Program, the Stronger Families New York Coalition, and the point person for ACF initiatives and priorities in New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She recently concluded a detail in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for ACF where she managed projects on behalf of the Senior Adviser for Strategic Initiatives. The projects resulted in the implementation of two pilot programs, one focused on strengthening ACF employees capacity on using an equity-focused lens to address problems of racial and ethnic disparities through human services programs. The second program resulted in the development of a primer on Trauma-Informed Human Services. Ms. Ashford published a cutting-edge online tool to help State, Tribal, Territorial, and local human services program managers address issues of trauma and toxic stress.

Prior to joining HHS in 2008 she was a Human Services Coordinator with the City of Richmond Department of Social Services and a Social Work Supervisor with Mecklenburg County Youth and Family Services of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Ashford is the recipient of the 2012 Special Acts or Services Award for Extraordinary Service. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of University Women, Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, and the Gold Key Honor Society.

Ms. Ashford is a graduate of Leadership New York (LNY27) from the CORO New York Leadership Center and has completed the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) Leadership Institute.

She is a graduate of Hampton University (B.A.), Long Island University (Master of Science), NOVA Southeastern University (Advanced Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership) and Walden University (Master of Public Policy) . She was the project lead for two initiatives; a pilot to strengthen ACF’s capability to use an equity focus to addres