Under his leadership, the Colorado Department of Human Services, which employs more than 5,000 people and has a $2 billion annual budget, has attracted national attention for its innovation and leadership. Reggie has led major advancements in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches, and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty. 2Gen focuses on parents and children simultaneously to lift entire families out of poverty now, and to ensure children have the best chance to move into the middle class as adults. The Department also uses C-Stat, a performance management approach developed by Reggie, to focus on data-driven results for the people of Colorado.
Reggie is a social worker who has amassed extensive experience in child welfare, education, employment, and health issues at the county, state and national levels. Before moving to Colorado, Reggie served as the inaugural Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Reggie is a past president of the American Public Human Services Association. In 2015, he was presented the APHSA State and Local Outstanding Member award. And, in 2014, he was recognized for his leadership by Casey Family Programs, which gave him their “Excellence for Children” award. In 2012, he was selected to be an inaugural Ascend Fellow, a fellowship of the prestigious Aspen Institute
Reggie and his wife, Becky, have served as foster parents and currently live in Denver with their three children.