Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet:

The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions


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Charisse’s career in human services has spanned over 25 years as a social worker, supervisor, administrator, and policymaker.  She is a Senior Manager with experience administering programs that promote child and family well-being, family self- sufficiency, primary prevention of child abuse and neglect, child welfare services, family support, fatherhood, community development and programs in general that support positive child and family outcomes. 

Currently, she is the Branch Chief for the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Discretionary Grant Program, in the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  Charisse supervises the staff that monitors and provides technical assistance to the grantees.  OFA has 121 grantees across the country.

Ms. Johnson first federal experience was in the Children’s Bureau in Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) where she served as a Program Specialist in the Office on Child Abuse (OCAN).  In that role her focus was on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  She co-led the technical assistance efforts to support the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs and leads the Children’s Bureau’s Training and Technical Assistance Child Well-Being Work Group. 

Prior to joining the Children’s Bureau she served as the Section Chief for North Carolina’s Child Welfare System, providing primary oversight for the state’s child welfare and primary prevention of child abuse and neglect systems.  She was the administrator for the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), North Carolinas’ Children’s Trust Fund, Access and Visitation, and the Family Violence Prevention Services. She served as a member of the executive management team for NC’s Division of Social Services, therefore supporting programs including but not limited to Child Welfare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Support Enforcement Services, and the Food and Nutrition Assistance Program.  She worked with NC’s General Assembly on issues regarding child welfare and family support services and was appointed to several legislative committees and study commissions. 

Ms. Johnson worked in the private sector as the Deputy Director for WAGES a Community Action Agency, where she had oversight for Head Start and Early Head Start, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, and a home visiting program.  These programs were designed to improve health, well-being and self sufficiency outcomes for children and families. 

She is a graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where she received a BSW and MSW.  She has served on several state and national boards and advisory groups.  Charisse has presented at state and national conferences, symposiums, and convenings.

Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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