Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced on Tuesday that Astra Iheukumere will serve as Dane County’s new Deputy Director of Human Services.
The position was created in the County Executive’s 2019 budget and will focus on communications, policy and procedure development, long-term planning, and institutional practice and process development related to equity, according to a press release from the county.
“I look forward to having Astra serve as Dane County’s first Deputy Director of Human Services,” County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. “Astra’s experience with building strong community relationships and expansive knowledge in public affairs will serve our Department of Human Services well.”
Iheukumere previously worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, where she monitored the district’s Partnerships Policy and procedures, managed the Strategic Partnerships Team, and coordinated the implementation of various large-scale tutoring partnerships. Iheukumere also supervised the development and implementation of district-wide systems to support volunteerism in schools.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve the community I am from and consider it a privilege to have the chance to impact such a broad portfolio of policies and programs,” said Iheukumere in a statement. “I look forward to supporting the work of the fabulous team at Dane County Human Services.”
Iheukumere’s start date is September 3.