Anne Heiligenstein
Strategic Consultant, Texas; Casey Family Programs

Anne is the Texas Strategic Consultant for Casey Family Programs. She began working for the foundation after retiring from the State of Texas where she served as the Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

Prior to leading DFPS, Anne served as the Deputy Executive Commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In that role, she managed the state’s Medicaid/CHIP, TANF, SNAP and Refugee Assistance eligibility programs. In response to a gubernatorial executive order, she led the effort to reform Texas' child welfare system, including significant improvements in medical and behavioral health care services for children in foster care. 

Anne served in the White House as the Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush, as Governor George W. Bush's Director of Health and Human Services Policy and as Legislative Policy Consultant for the Texas Catholic Hospital Association.

Anne has a BA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS from Trinity University and is a Fellow of the Eli Broad Foundation Superintendents’ Academy, which trains and develops education leaders throughout the country.