Steven L. Buck
Steven Buck has served the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) since February 2016. As the executive director of OJA, Buck is responsible for overall management of the agency’s portfolio of operated and contracted programs and services. He works directly with the agency’s governing board to facilitate agency priorities, planning, and operational performance.
Buck was appointed in February 2019 by Governor Kevin Stitt as secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives. As secretary, he is responsible for 34 agencies, boards and commissions, including the Department of Human Services and OJA. He previously served the state as secretary of health and human services.
Prior to joining OJA, Buck served the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as deputy commissioner for communications and prevention for nine years. At ODMHSAS, Buck directed the agency’s prevention and provider certification initiatives. Before working at ODMHSAS, Buck enjoyed a 10-year career with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. During his tenure, he served in multiple capacities, including national director of state policy, national director of state relations, and executive director of NAMI Oklahoma.
He and his wife, Lisa, have four daughters and two sons. A native Oklahoman, he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and earned a master of arts in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
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