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On November 8, 2018, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Robyn A. Crittenden to serve as Georgia’s 28th Secretary of State following the resignation of Brian P. Kemp.

As Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Robyn A. Crittenden oversaw a $1.9 billion budget and 9,400 employees who work to strengthen Georgia families and protect vulnerable children and adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Crittenden to lead DHS in July 2015. During her tenure, she brought about significant changes in technology to enhance human services available to Georgians. Among these were Georgia Gateway, which provides customers with a single point of access for public assistance programs, and the Child Support Mobile App, which allows parents to perform case actions on their mobile devices. These innovations won national awards.

Commissioner Crittenden co-chairs the Older Adults Cabinet with First Lady Sandra Deal, working to improve the well-being of older Georgians. Her work in combatting senior hunger is nationally recognized, as Georgia is the first state to have a comprehensive State Plan on Senior Hunger.

Previously, Commissioner Crittenden served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, where she promoted increased access to education for Georgians beyond high school. She also has served as General Counsel at Morehouse College, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Georgia Student Finance Commission, and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs-Contracts for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She also was an Assistant County Attorney in DeKalb County and an Associate at the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Commissioner Crittenden received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Law. She and her daughter reside in Tucker, Georgia.


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