Denise Winkler began her government career over 20 years ago as an entry level worker at a county health and human services agency. She rose through the ranks to serve as a Senior Administrator and advising Consultant to state and federal agencies across the United States. During her career in state and local government, Denise served as the Public Affairs Director for one of the largest child welfare agencies in Ohio. She led that agency through a series of high-profile child abuse and fatality cases; mandated reorganization; and the implementation of a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS).
Prior to that, she served as the Adoption and Foster Care Manager for the largest combined human services agency in Ohio, responsible for the recruitment and licensure of foster and adoptive parents as well as the matching and placement of at-risk children.
As a consultant, Denise has served as a senior advisor to numerous states including two of the largest health and human services systems in the country: New York State and Los Angeles County California. Denise supported the State of New York’s planning effort to modernize the state systems that deliver health and human services benefits to more than 1.9 million citizens each year. Currently Denise serves as the Deputy Project Manager for Los Angeles County California LEADER, the system that supports the application, eligibility and delivery of all HHS benefits to Los Angeles County citizens. In addition, Denise also served as a senior advisor for numerous other States including Kentucky, Ohio and Colorado.
Denise also has extensive experience supporting Federal agencies through large scale technology change. She served as the Change Management Project Manager for an enterprise-wide system implementation for the United States General Services Administration. She also supported the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of a citizen facing web-portal that supports more than 160 Federal agencies and receives more than 580 million comments each year.
Denise is currently a Senior Engagement Manager with Unisys. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Change Management Advanced Practitioner’s Certification from Georgetown University Graduate School of Business.