InDHSS: Employee Newsletter


August 2010


Meet Deputy Director Tracy Spartz Campbell

By Naomi Harris, LCSW
Community Relations Manager

The Office of Children’s Services is a large and diverse agency that has worked through significant changes throughout the years. Director Christy Lawton is a dynamic leader, identifying areas for improvement and growth, and methodically works toward those goals. However, this would not be possible without the backbone and support from Deputy Director Tracy Spartz Campbell. Tracy is the ying to Christy’s yang. The silent partner, if you will. Christy certainly feels Tracy’s historic knowledge and calm demeanor provide the stability for agency change to happen.

As a relatively new addition to the agency, I have consistently relied on Tracy’s experience in every area of this division, as well as her knowledge of the changes to policy and practice that have occurred.

Tracy has worked in the field of child welfare for 30 years. Her experience with the agency has been diverse at every level and is the continuation of a family legacy; her father was the division director in 1963.  

Tracy’s commitment to the safety and well-being of Alaska’s children is immeasurable. Her willingness to take on large projects to create positive change is inspiring. Her humor through it all is humbling. As we continue to work to increase the safety of children in Alaska, we can be thankful Tracy retains the agency history; knowledge that inspires and informs creative changes.  


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