Katie Olse

Senior Fellow for Child Welfare Policy

Katie Olse was appointed executive director of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services in December of 2016. She formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Prior to this she was Associate Commissioner for DFPS and Chief of Staff for the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). She served as the Senior Policy Advisor for DFPS and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in the Office of Social Services at HHSC. She was previously the Director of the Center for Consumer and External Affairs at DFPS where she worked closely with the DFPS Commissioner and the Legislature on critical issues around Child Protective Services and children and family support.

Prior to joining the HHS system, she was the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Texas where she worked on health and human services issues as well as other issues including education, criminal justice, and voter education. Katie has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has completed graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.