The FINANCIAL — Accenture has hired Rafael López as a managing director in its Health & Public Service practice in North America. López joins Accenture from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families.
In his new role, López will work across Accenture’s child support, child welfare, public assistance and public health practices to shape strategy and identify, develop and deploy offerings, focusing on helping government, education and nonprofit organizations leverage technology and innovation to improve services and mission effectiveness.
Prior to joining HHS in 2015, López served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Before that, López was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national philanthropy devoted to improving the educational, economic, social and health outcomes for at-risk children, according to Accenture.
Earlier in his career López served as the president and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc., where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet; as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; as deputy director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; and as senior deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
“Rafael López is focused on improving the lives of children and families in need and brings deep experience from serving local, state and national programs,” said Ryan Oakes, managing director of Accenture’s Public Health and Human Services practice in North America. “He is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the toughest societal and community challenges, and our North American public-sector clients will gain from his vision, energy and commitment to improving lives and program effectiveness.”
López has worked closely with community-based organizations as a volunteer, manager, executive, board member and founder and was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Born and raised in Watsonville, California, López is an alumnus of Vassar College, the University of California Santa Cruz and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
“I am thrilled to be joining a team dedicated to delivering transformative results at scale for our public sector clients and the children, youth and families we serve,” López said. “Improving lives and solving our greatest challenges requires bold new strategies, technology and innovation, and I’m excited to support Accenture’s development of cutting-edge, cross-sector solutions.”