Director, Budget Management, Justin Pickens

Justin Pickens is the director of Budget Management in the Chief Financial Officer division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He oversees the HHSC program and administrative budgets and provides analysis and recommendations on agency budget decisions to the executive leadership team.

Pickens began his career with HHS in 2014 at the Department of Aging and Disability Services, which became part of HHSC during the consolidation of HHS in 2017. During transformation, Pickens was instrumental in advancing budget management down the path of automation and efficiency with an emphasis on organization and policy.

He graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in philosophy and history and earned a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University Texas.