Keynote Speaker

Bobby Cagle

Bobby Cagle

Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles

Keynote Session #3

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview


Bobby Cagle is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child welfare agency in the nation which serves approximately 35,000 children with more than 9,500 employees. Prior to joining Los Angeles County, Mr. Cagle was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in 2011, and later in 2013, as Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state agency charged with providing child welfare services, along with nutrition and economic assistance. Mr. Cagle previously served as Director of Legislative and External Affairs and as Family Services Director where he led policy development on child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and provider contracting. Mr. Cagle’s numerous honors include the prestigious Children and Family Fellowship by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Distinguished Social Work–Public Service by the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine; Hearing Children’s Voices Award from SAFEPATH Children’s Advocacy Center; Excellence in Education Award by United Way of Greater Atlanta Women’s Leadership Council; and the Leadership Award by the Interfaith Children’s Movement of Georgia. Mr. Cagle was born into the foster care system in North Carolina, and grew up in Robbinsville after being adopted. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.