Executive Deputy Commissioner
Texas Department of Human Services (DHS)
Anne Sapp is the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of
Human Services (DHS). Ms. Sapp assists the Commissioner with the operations
of an agency that serves more than two million Texans and has an annual
budget of approximately $4 billion. DHS administers nearly three dozen
state and federal programs for low-income Texans, including food stamps,
nutrition programs for hungry children and adults, health care coverage for
low-income households through the Medicaid program, access to
community-based programs for the elderly and people with disabilities, and
regulation of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Additionally, Ms. Sapp is the Executive Sponsor of the Texas Integrated
Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) project. TIERS, when implemented, will
provide a single, integrated system that will be used in delivering food,
cash assistance, medical and aged and disabled services to Texans in need.
Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Sapp was the DHS
Commissioner for Government Relations.
Prior to joining DHS in 1992, Ms. Sapp served in the Mississippi
Governorís Office, in several positions. As Special
Assistant for Health and Human Services, Ms. Sapp advised the Governor on
emerging health and human services issues and served as the Governorís
liaison for state and non-governmental health and human services
organizations. In the position of Director of Policy Management, Ms. Sapp
was the liaison for the state legislature, minority groups and agency
heads, and managed issues research and development. Ms. Sapp served as
Chair of the Welfare Reform Inter-Agency Council, which included state
agency heads, and representatives of private and non-profit service
agencies, and had oversight of the stateís welfare reform plan.
Ms. Sappís previous work experience includes Elementary School Teacher
and Community Coordinator in the Office of Community Affairs, Boston Public
Schools and Director of Development at Mississippi Industrial College.
Ms. Sapp received a bachelorís degree in sociology from Brandeis
University, did graduate study in urban education at the University of
Massachusetts, and studied education administration at Tufts University.
Ms. Sapp may be contacted at:
Texas Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030