Human Services (CDHS) Executive Director Reggie Bicha announced today that Jerene Petersen has been appointed Deputy Executive Director for Community Partnerships. She will join CDHS on January 17, 2017.
Petersen will be responsible for operational oversight of the external entities and agencies with whom the Department contracts and partners. She will also supervise the Office of Children, Youth and Families, the Office of Economic Security, the Office of Early Childhood, the Aging and Adult Services Division, the Office of Behavioral Health Community Programs, County Services, and Client Services and Controlled Correspondence.
“Jerene brings a wealth of experience in leveraging community partnerships to promote long-term social change,” Bicha said. “Her impressive leadership and deep knowledge of human services will make her an outstanding asset to the Department.”
Petersen has served as the Vice Chair of the State Human Services Board for the past two years. She comes to CDHS from Mile High United Way, where she is the Chief Program Officer. In that role, she leads the organization’s efforts to invest in sustainable solutions to social problems and oversees its impact strategies. Previously, she served at Denver Human Services, where she led implementation of the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, and restructured the way in which City government collaborated with nonprofits to promote a broader collective impact in the community. She also served as executive director of Urban Peak, a nationally recognized nonprofit serving homeless and runaway youth.
“I am honored to have been selected for the position of Deputy Executive Director of Community Partnerships,” Petersen said. “I could not be more excited to work with Director Bicha alongside the talented and committed staff at CDHS. I’m eager to work to serve communities across the State of Colorado.”