Leadership

The Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD) provides a comprehensive array of quality services in Maricopa County for vulnerable populations and persons with barriers, including low-income families, persons seeking employment opportunities, and communities in need. Six divisions are responsible for coordinating and delivering services for the most vulnerable in the County.

  1. Bruce Liggett

    Bruce Liggett

    Director, Human Services Department
    Bruce Liggett has decades of public and private experience in human services in Arizona. He administered State programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Bruce managed agency policy and planning at the Department of Economic Security (DES) and coordinated the development of the Arizona’s long-term care system. He established the state Child Care Administration, was an early education advocate, and later directed the private Child Care Association. As DES Deputy Director, he managed public assistance and employment programs, providing leadership for welfare reform implementation. Bruce is the Director of the Maricopa County Human Services Department, overseeing Head Start, Community Action, Senior Services, Workforce Development, Housing, and Homelessness programs.

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    Jacqueline Edwards

    Deputy Director, Human Services Department
    Jacqueline Edwards is Deputy Director with the Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD). She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to working in HSD, Jacqueline worked at The Ohio State University and also in the County’s Office of Management and Budget where she was responsible for budgets totaling $350M and public policy analysis, including the Affordable Care Act’s impact on substance abuse and mental health treatments. As HSD Deputy Director, Jacqueline leads cross-divisional program initiatives to align programs and services for the benefit of the clients, which includes HSD’s 2Gen approaches and family-centered coaching initiative. This cross-divisional work has been recognized nationally as an emerging best practice. In addition, she also oversees the Department’s Administration, Policy, and Planning Division. Her passion for public service and helping those in need achieve their dreams drives her work in human services.

  3. Eve Del Real

    Eve Del Real

    Assistant Director, Early Education
    Eve Del Real, Assistant Director of the Early Education Division (EED), holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration, is a Program for Infants and Toddlers Certification (PITC) trainer, and possesses over 20 years of experience working with underserved populations and in early childhood education in various capacities including Head Start, Early Head Start, Adult Education, Early Intervention, and Training and Technical Assistance. Eve has been recognized numerous times by elected officials for the work she has done to improve the lives of children and communities, which included acknowledgment by the California State Assembly as Woman of Action for 2010. In 2014, Eve led the implementation of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership which garnered national recognition. She is an advocate for early education and social programs that support high-quality services for all children and families. Eve joined the Maricopa County Human Services Department Early Head Start program in August 2014 as the Community Child Care Manager and in 2018 serves as the Assistant Director of the EED.

  4. Sandra Mendez

    Sandra Mendez

    Assistant Director, Community Services
    Sandra A. Mendez presently serves as the Assistant Director for the Community Services Division managing Community Action Programs throughout Maricopa County. She is an Arizona native, with over 29 years of experience administering social service programs targeted at low-income individuals and families. Her career has focused primarily on addressing the causes of poverty in local communities and has held various positions throughout her career including case worker, strategic planner, contracts administrator, and policy analyst. Sandra acted as the State Program Director for 15 years, while administering various Community Action Programs, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Short Term Crisis Services Program, and other benefit programs providing basic needs services to limited income households. Ms. Mendez also served as the State Services Director with the National Association for State Community Services Programs, providing training and technical assistance to states in the administration of Community Action and other federally funded programs.

  5. Tom Colombo

    Tom Colombo

    Assistant Director, Workforce Development
    Tom Colombo is the Assistant Director for the Workforce Development Division of the Human Services Department. He has extensive experience managing workforce programs, with over 8 years in senior-level management positions within the Arizona Department of Economic Security. During this time, Tom's areas of responsibility encompassed 19 Federally and State funded employment training programs, including Employment Security, Veteran's Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Business Outreach, Unemployment Insurance, JOBS (TANF), and WIOA. Additionally, he managed multiple fund sources with budgets ranging from $74-$700 million as well as a staff of 300-1,100 employees. Tom has a comprehensive understanding of the critical needs of job seekers and employers, the roles and responsibilities of Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as the importance of working in partnership with contracted and community agencies. He is committed to working collaboratively to make continuous improvements that meet the pressing need for quality workforce development programs and services throughout Maricopa County.

  6. Rachel Milne

    Rachel Milne

    Assistant Director Housing & Community Development
    Rachel Milne joined Maricopa County as the Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development in August 2016. She has over fifteen years of experience administering community development programs with the City of Phoenix and in the nonprofit community. Rachel grew up in Phoenix, Arizona; she attended Whittier College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and received a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies where her focus was microenterprise development. Rachel has a passion for community and economic development and her goal is to help provide affordable and safe housing opportunities for all.

  7. Laura Henry

    Laura Henry

    Assistant Director, Senior & Adult Services
    Laura Henry, Assistant Director of Senior and Adult Services, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has over 20 years of experience working with vulnerable populations such as children and youth with special health care needs, children in foster care, adults with chronic and complex medical conditions and individuals with behavioral health needs. Laura is also an adjunct professor for Arizona State University’s School of Social Work where she teaches a course for master’s students on social welfare policy. Laura joined the Maricopa County Human Services Department in June 2019.