Maggie D. Anderson, Executive Director
North Dakota Department of Human Services
Governor Jack Dalrymple appointed Maggie D. Anderson Executive Director of North Dakota's largest agency, the Department of Human Services on April 29, 2013. Anderson has served as the department's Interim Executive Director since August 23, 2012.
Anderson joined the Department of Human Services in 2003 as deputy director of the Medical Services Division, which administers Medicaid and other health programs. She was promoted to division director in 2005. Anderson has also served as assistant director of child nutrition programs in the N.D. Department of Public Instruction prior to joining the Department of Human Services.
Anderson holds a bachelor’s of science degree in food and nutrition from North Dakota State University; and has a master’s degree in management from University of Mary. She is a North Dakota native and a graduate of New England Public High School.
The Department of Human Services employs about 2,200 people and operates on a biennial budget of over $3.5 billion. The department oversees Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (Healthy Steps), Economic Assistance Programs including Child Care Assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; Child Support; Aging Services; Child Welfare Services including Child Protection, Family Preservation Services, Foster Care, and Adoption; Vocational Rehabilitation; Developmental Disabilities Services; the Life Skills Transition Center, and Behavioral Health Services, which include the Behavioral Health Division, the North Dakota State Hospital, and the eight regional human service centers.