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Philip Browning, MBA, MSW


Throughout his career, Philip Browning has navigated many large human service organizations through periods of turbulence and change, and helped them transform into modern, healthy entities with a strong infrastructure.

In 2001, while serving as Child Support Director for the District of Columbia, Philip was recruited by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to be the first LA County Child Support Director where he engineered sweeping cultural change from a law enforcement model to a social service organization. He then served as the Director of the LA County Department of Public Social Services (13,000 staff serving 2.5 million clients receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, cash assistance and other benefits with a budget of $5 billion).

Due to his successes there, Philip was asked to lead the troubled LA County Department of Children and Family Services with 8,500 staff, serving 35,000 children, with a budget of $2.2 billion where he served with distinction. In addition to these roles, Philip served in senior management positions in the State of Alabama, District of Columbia, and private industry, and received numerous awards and recognition for innovation, creativity, and automation.

Philip’s accomplishments include: Increasing use of technology to automate and streamline critical functions, oversight of major new automated systems on a grand scale, implementation of data-driven decision models, institutionalizing organizational culture changes to enhance staff performance, implementing a mentoring program to ensure succession planning, partnering with universities on a state-of-the-art training program for DCFS staff using real-life simulations, and developing a web-based policy manual to replace a 6,000 page Policy manual.

Phillip retired from the US Navy Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander. He has taught advanced leadership classes for masters and doctoral students at USC and UCLA; and has an MBA from Auburn University and MSW from the University of Alabama.

Turnaround Specialist and Leader of Large Organizations

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