VENTURA, Calif. – Barry L. Zimmerman, Director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency for over a decade, was recently honored with the 2018 Executive Leadership Award from the County Welfare Directors Association of California.
Selected by his peers for the award, Zimmerman—who served as CWDA president in 2015—was recognized for years of leadership on statewide human services issues and initiatives.
During her presentation of the award, CWDA President Kathy Gallagher lauded Zimmerman’s commitment to programs that help Californians achieve self-sufficiency. “CWDA is proud to honor Barry Zimmerman with the Executive Leadership Award for 2018. Barry always goes above and beyond in his commitment to CWDA and is an active leader on many fronts. His consistent support of CWDA initiatives and singular focus on pursuing the best possible outcomes for our human services programs deserves the high praise and recognition that this award signifies,” said Gallagher.
Most recently, Zimmerman spearheaded information technology projects with statewide and national impact, including a risk assessment tool for Adult Protective Services and the first integration of multiple data systems for foster care givers through a mobile application – Foster Health Link. This past year, Zimmerman has led the State’s efforts to integrate three separate benefit eligibility systems into a single platform that will be utilized by all counties.
The County Welfare Directors Association of California represents human services directors from all 58 California counties. The 89-year-old association has played an active role over the decades in critical issues such as welfare reform; enhanced support for foster youth transitioning to adulthood; expansion of California’s Medi-Cal program under the federal Affordable Care Act; and technological implementations aimed at simplifying services and helping county workers throughout the state manage increasing workloads.