DFPS Commissioner Stephanie Muth began her tenure at DFPS on January 2, 2023, bringing with her more than 20 years of government experience. She held senior executive-level positions in Texas Health and Human Services departments for more than 15 years, where she served as director of external relations, chief of staff, deputy over social services eligibility, and Texas State Medicaid director. Muth began her career working in the Texas Legislature and was a consultant in private practice immediately before being appointed as DFPS Commissioner.
Career accomplishments include modernizing an antiquated, paper-based eligibility system for Medicaid, SNAP, and other social services programs. Muth also successfully oversaw a large-scale reorganization of health and human services programs that led to the transition of over 4,000 staff and more than 120 programs. As state Medicaid director, she oversaw operational and policy aspects of the health care delivery system that provides services to more than four million Texans. She overhauled the oversight of managed care and increased accountability.
On the national stage, Muth served as the Texas representative for the American Public Human Services Association and as a board member for the National Association of Medicaid Directors. She is also an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Medicaid Leadership Institute.
Muth has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.