Photo of Stephanie Hayden-Howard, APH Director

Stephanie Hayden-Howard was appointed Director of Austin Public Health in March 2018.

Stephanie Y. Hayden-Howard previously served as Interim Director since May 2017 and prior to that as Deputy Director since October of 2015.

As Deputy Director, she oversaw the operations of the Health Equity and Community Engagement Division, which included management of  Health Equity – Quality of Life Programs, HIV Planning Council, HIV Resources Administration, Planning and Evaluation and Social Services Policy.

Stephanie is a Licensed Master Level Social Worker who has spent more than twenty years providing services and managing programs in the field of social services.  She has worked in several direct social work settings including psychiatric services, school based, chemical dependency, crisis intervention, and counseling.

Stephanie has worked for the City of Austin since 2001. Prior to serving as Deputy Director, she served as Assistant Director over the Community Services Division, Family and Youth Services Manager, Social Services Supervisor and Program Supervisor at the South Austin Neighborhood Center. 

Before her City of Austin employment, she was employed by the Austin Independent School District as the Director of Clinical Services at the Alternative Learning Center and by the State of Texas at the Williamson County Mental Health Center as the Assistant Director. 

Stephanie holds a Bachelor in Social Work from Prairie A&M University and a Masters in Social Work from the Worden School of Social Services at Our Lady of the Lake University.  Stephanie is certified as a Youth Program Quality Assessor and Youth Work Management Training Consultant.  Under her leadership, youth programs have been recognized by the State of Texas for their “Excellence in Programming.”

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