Commissioner S. Duke Storen
For nearly 30 years, Duke Storen's academic and professional career has focused keenly on the alleviation of poverty. 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.
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. At Share Our Strength, Duke led federal and state advocacy, research on poverty and child nutrition programs, executive consulting with federal and state government, and a program innovation lab that developed and tested program improvements of nutrition programs.
Just before serving 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, Duke served as the Deputy Director of a private government IT consulting company, State Information Technology Consortium (SITC). Duke also worked for state government in both New Jersey and Virginia where he was responsible for the administration of all safety net programs, including TANF, Child Care, Child Support, Child Welfare, and WIC.
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 while earning his PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy. 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 grew up in Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis and Atlanta before settling in Houston where he attended high school. Duke now resides in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, Barbara and their five children between the ages of 4 and 18. Duke's special interests include youth sports, volunteerism, social action, humanitarian relief, economic empowerment, health and human rights.