Natasha Johnson was appointed Director of the Division of Family Development (DFD) in April 2015, after serving as Deputy Director. In that role, which she began in 2011, she supervised the day-to-day operations of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance welfare programs, including behavioral health and substance abuse services for these New Jersey residents. She also oversaw the state's child care and Refugee Resettlement programs.
Natasha has 20 years of experience working with children and families, as a social services clinician as well as a manager who developed, launched, and supervised social services programs.
Prior to joining the DFD, Natasha was the senior vice president at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. During her eight years there, she worked on a nationally recognized home visitation program and a teen parenting program. Her career of service began working in the juvenile justice system with delinquent and substance abusing teens.
Natasha has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Social Work from Florida State University.