Deborah E. Britton is the Chief Deputy for the Travis County Health and Human Services Department since 2016. She is responsible for the oversight and direction of Administrative Operations that includes Human Resources, Finance, Facilities, Community Liaisons and social service investments. Prior to this appointment, she was the Community Services Division Director from 2001-2016, and was responsible for the operations, management, program development, implementation, evaluation and fiscal oversight of programs targeting at-risk youth and families, the disabled and elderly throughout Travis County.
Prior to her tenure with Travis County, Ms. Britton was the Youth Services Manager for the Austin Public Health (formerly Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services) Department for 11 years, and was responsible for a variety of youth prevention and intervention programs. These included Graffiti Abatement/Urban Youth Corps, Summer Youth Employment, and Strategic Intervention for High Risk Youth, Southeast Austin Community Youth Development Project, and the PPV Community Youth Development Project. PPV (Public/Private Ventures) – a nationally recognized research organization committed to evaluating and documenting best practices throughout the country related to youth development programs and practices.
Other significant milestones include working as an Executive Aide to the Assistant City Manager for the City of Austin in 1995, and working for over 10 years with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB). Ms. Britton concluded her employment as Director of Communications and was responsible for advertising, media relations, event development and graphic design. She began her career at ACVB as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, a 1996 graduate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrator’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), alumni of the 2003-04 Leadership Austin class, 2003 recipient of the Breakfast of Champions Award by the Central Texas After School Network, Secretary/Treasurer of the NFBPA Council of Presidents (2010-2013), member of the NFBPA ELI Alumni Association, national Membership Committee and the Programs Committee. Additionally, she served 4 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Austin Habitat for Humanity, holding the elected offices of Secretary, and Vice President. Ms. Britton is the Past-President (2009-2012) of the Central Texas Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. She is a member of the 2015-2017 Board of Directors of LATT (Learn All The Time), and served on the MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) Middle School Committee. She is a proven leader and public servant who partners with a diverse network of community leaders dedicated to championing the welfare of children, youth, and families throughout the Travis County community.