Gov.-elect John Carney on Jan. 6 announced his nominations to lead three additional Cabinet agencies when he takes office this month.
Kara Odom Walker will be nominated to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, the state’s public health agency that is charged with keeping Delawareans healthy and providing Delaware families with essential social services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Walker is currently the deputy chief science officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization in Washington that is authorized by Congress to improve evidence available to help patients, caregivers, employers, insurers and policymakers make informed healthcare decisions. She has managed the Institute’s research investments, which total $1.6 billion to date toward a planned total of $2.5 billion as of 2019.
Josette DelleDonne Manning will be nominated to serve as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, an agency tasked with coordinating services for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Manning has been a prosecutor for the Delaware Department of Justice for 16 years, conducting more than 75 trials during that time, prosecuting crimes from misdemeanors to capital murder. She currently serves as director of the Special Victims Unit, overseeing prosecution of all child abuse, child death and sex crime cases statewide.
Previously, as Chief New Castle County Prosecutor, she created the Department of Justice’s first Homicide Unit dedicated solely to the prosecution of homicides.
Anas Ben Addi will be nominated to continue serving as Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority, a housing finance and community development agency that ensures that Delawareans have access to quality, affordable housing and oversees community and neighborhood revitalization efforts statewide.
Ben Addi was first nominated by Gov. Jack Markell and confirmed by the Delaware Senate in 2009 to lead DSHA. During his time as director, Ben Addi has helped launch and implement the State Rental Assistance Program, which helps Delawareans who require supportive services live safely and independently in their communities.
He also has expanded access to DSHA’s low-cost mortgage programs and led efforts to drive private investment in Delaware’s downtown areas through the Downtown Development Districts program.
Nominations to the governor’s cabinet must be confirmed by the Delaware Senate. Confirmation hearings are planned for Jan. 18.