Uma S. Ahluwalia is currently the director of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Health and Human Services. With nearly 1,600 employees, the department is one of the largest agencies in Montgomery County and includes Aging and Disability Services; Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; Children, Youth and Family Services; Public Health Services; and Special Needs Housing. The 2014 budget for the department was more than $261 million, representing a decrease over the past four years, as the county reacted to local and national economic conditions. Caseloads for the Department during the same period increased dramatically as more families and individuals struggled through the tough economy. Ahluwalia holds a master’s in Social Work from the University of Delhi in India and a specialist post-master’s in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. Over a 25-year career in human services, she has progressively moved from case-carrying social work to executive leadership at the state and local levels.