Friday, October 20, 2017
Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner
Kelli Weldon, 512-424-6951

Agency Creates Role for Policy Oversight

AUSTIN – Victoria Ford has been named the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s first Chief Policy Officer, effective Nov. 6.

In the new role, Ford will be responsible for overseeing the Office of Transformation, Office of Policy and Office of Performance. Those offices will create performance measures, track progress and oversee rules and policy and the HHS system's continuing transformation. Ford will report directly to HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith.

"Victoria has deep experience with health and human services and creating efficiencies in health care,” Smith said. “She knows the system. As chief policy officer, she will be responsible for finding ways to make us better."

Ford comes to HHS from K&L Gates. Previously, she was deputy legislative director and senior advisor for health and human services for former Gov. Rick Perry, handling issues related to private health care, public health, health insurance and health facility regulation. Before joining the governor’s office, she was a legislative assistant for State Sen. Frank Madla and legislative director for then-State Rep. Leticia Van de Putte.

Ford has an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.