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Sidonie Squier

Director, Office of Family Assistance

Sidonie "Sydney" Squier is Director of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she is responsible for administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the nation’s principal welfare assistance program. She joined the administration in June 2005.

Ms. Squier has served in various welfare administration and policy positions, most recently as the Federal Liaison on human service issues for the state of Texas. Previously, Ms. Squier worked in Austin, Texas where she administered TANF, food stamp and Medicaid eligibility programs as well as Special Nutrition Programs, Refugee and Domestic Violence Programs. While in Austin, Sidonie served on the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) steering committee for TANF and the Texas County Advisory Workgroup on Healthy Families which focused on healthy marriage.

Before Texas, Sidonie served the state of Florida as Director, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Welfare Reform Administrator. She has also worked in Michigan and California in health and human services policy and communication roles. Sidonie is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach with both a BA and MA in Communications.