The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is one of the largest and most important departments in the county’s government and now that department has a new deputy director.

Guilford County announced on Tuesday, April 16, that it had selected Natalie Craver – who most recently served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Thriving Families at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency – as Guilford County’s Deputy Director of Health and Human Services.

Craver, who grew up in Greensboro, went off to the big city and now has a lot of experience in local and federal government health and human services,

She also has a lot of experience in child welfare practices – something that the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services has had some very serious problems with over the last two years.

As the deputy director, Craver will serve, in the county’s words, “as a steward for the DHHS workplan in effort to foster service delivery effectiveness and efficiency, facilitate staff and stakeholder engagement to support continued consolidation, and oversee special initiatives to promote the county’s value of service and outcomes excellence.”

Craver has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and she’s a graduate of Howard University’s Leadership Development Program.

She’s set to start her new job on Monday, April 22.

While working as the deputy director for the Office of Thriving Families at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, she led that agency’s effort to prevent destructive behavioral practices.  She did so in partnership with community-based organizations and sister agencies in DC.

She and her team were responsible for writing and putting into place the nation’s first federally approved five-year prevention plan, titled “Putting Families First in DC.”

Craver has also worked as the special assistant to the executive director for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County in Maryland, as well as a policy analyst for the DC Department of Human Services.

In a prepared statement this week, she said she’s excited about the new position: “I look forward to coming back to Greensboro and working for the Department of Health and Human Services to serve the residents of Guilford County. I’m excited about the opportunity of utilizing the wealth of knowledge and experience I’ve gained in public administration and local government to serve my hometown and to strengthen the department’s vision of creating a healthy, safe, and thriving community for all.”

Assistant Guilford County Manager Victor Isler said he’s very pleased to see Carver come on board.

“We are excited to welcome Natalie as Deputy Director of Health and Human Services,” he said. “I am confident Mrs. Craver’s professional experience and leadership will help strengthen the county’s consolidated Health and Human Services Department efforts to further empower, protect, and promote the health and well-being of all Guilford County residents and foster innovation. It’s time to dig deeper in our brand and approach to service delivery and Mrs. Craver will be instrumental in our continued call to action.”