Commissioner S. Duke Storen
Duke Storen serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services where he leads a high performing team of mission-driven professionals in their mission to help people triumph over poverty, abuse, and neglect. The Department of Social Services has responsibility for the Commonwealth's child welfare system; benefit programs and Medical assistance program eligibility; subsidized childcare; workforce programs for TANF, SNAP, and Child Support; refugee assistance programs; licensing of child care and adult living facilities; and child support enforcement.
For nearly 30 years, Duke's academic and professional career has focused keenly on the alleviation of poverty and hunger. Working in all sectors, including academia, community-based not-for-profits, state government, and consulting, Duke has dedicated his time and efforts to social policy and programs designed to bring relief to low-income populations.
Duke serves on the Board of Directors of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and is chair of the APHSA Leadership Council. He also serves on the National Governor's Association Core Advisor's Network for Human Services, providing expert guidance to the NGA and Governor's Offices across the nation.
Prior to joining VDSS as Commissioner, Duke served as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Program Development at Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through the national No Kid Hungry campaign. Earlier in his career, Duke workers under two administrations at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, where he led efforts to improve program access to nutrition programs and managed the child nutrition programs as well as jobs in state government in New Jersey and Virginia and for a not-for-profit IT consulting firm helping federal and state governments leverage technology for the delivery of the health and human services.
Duke spent a number of years at Rutgers University as a researcher, graduate student professor, and project director at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Duke also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Duke resides in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, Barbara and their five children between the ages of 7 and 21. Duke's interests include youth sports, religion, cooking, social action, and human rights.