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Philip Browning - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Philip Browning Philip Browning

Adjunct Assistant Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Philip Browning retired as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in January 2017.






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Philip Browning retired as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in January 2017, where he was responsible for a staff of 8,500, serving 35,000 children with a budget of $2.2 billion. During his tenure, an online policy manual was created and 2,000 new social workers were hired who benefited from a state-of-the-art training program created with the LA Schools of Social Work. A data analytics program was created and major automation initiatives helped to reduce the number of young children in residential care by 50 percent. He received the Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award from the Network for Social Work Management in 2015.

Prior to DCFS, Mr. Browning served as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services with 13,000 employees serving 2.5 million clients receiving Medicaid, food stamps, refugee and other benefits. Mr. Browning received recognition for an all-time low food stamp error rate and for meeting stringent Welfare to Work performance standards. Mr. Browning was the first Los Angeles County child support director in 2001 and improved performance to meet all the federal standards and increased collections to over $500 million, which was twice the state average.

Mr. Browning has been in senior management positions in the District of Columbia, state of Alabama, military and private industry, where he has received recognition for innovation, creativity and automation.

Education (2)

Auburn University: M.B.A.

University of Alabama: M.S.W.

Areas of Expertise (3)



Public Policy

Industry Expertise (3)

Government Administration


Public Policy


Media Appearances (3)

New Study Finds California Infants Remain at High Risk After Initial Report of Maltreatment

USC News  online


“This new study by the Children’s Data Network shows the importance of child abuse prevention services for families with infants and pre-school aged children. This report helps make clear that the protection of children needs public, private and community support," said Philip L. Browning, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Leader of Nation’s Largest Child Welfare System Announces Unexpected Retirement

The Chronicle of Social Change  online


After five years at the helm of the largest child welfare system in America, Philip Browning will be retiring from Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

The agency’s 8,800 staff learned about their director’s decision in a memo sent out today.

“This is to notify you that I will be retiring from the county effective January 31, 2017,” Browning wrote. “Over the last 5 years, you have helped to make DCFS a much better department than when I arrived.”

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Head of L.A. County's child protective services agency to retire in early 2017

Los Angeles Times  online


“I thought it is time to retire and let someone else continue the progress we’ve made,” he said in an interview late Wednesday, adding that more than 2,000 social workers had been hired in his five years at the helm. His last day is Jan. 31, 2017.

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Conferences and Events (1)

An Evening with Phillip Browning

The Network for Social Work Management  University Park Campus