CDHS hires Pedro Almeida as deputy executive director

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DENVER (July 26, 2022) — Pedro Almeida has been appointed as deputy executive director of Administrative Solutions for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). 

This role is foundational to the success of CDHS people and programs. Almeida will contribute to CDHS’s commitment to help Coloradans thrive by developing tools and systems to provide critical operational improvements and success. One of the many areas Almeida will oversee is the CDHS facilities management program, which is taking bold action to align with the state's commitment to energy-efficient and sustainable State buildings and vehicles. This role will also oversee the construction of a new wing and beds at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, which will provide enhanced behavioral health services to those who need it. 

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the deputy executive director of Administrative Solutions for the Colorado Department of Human Services,” Almeida said. “CDHS is in the people-helping business, and I see my role as further enabling the great CDHS staff members to carry out the department’s mission by ensuring critical support functions are operating efficiently and effectively. It's a challenging mission, but I embrace it, and I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Colorado and to working with an outstanding CDHS team under the leadership of Executive Director Michelle Barnes.”

Almeida spent the last five years as chief operations officer for the El Paso County School District 49, where he provided effective support in facilities planning, safety and security, information technology, transportation, nutrition services and more for 30 schools serving 24,000 students. Previously, Almeida had an extensive career in the U.S. Army. As chief of staff, he supervised a three-star command staff, overseeing human resources, logistics, budgeting, and strategic and operational planning in 54 African countries. As brigade commander, he was responsible for all staff functions of a 4,000-person organization. 

Almeida begins his new duties Aug. 1. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He was also a U.S. Army War College Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

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Madlynn Ruble
Deputy Director of Communications