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Abt Associates Hires Christine Tappan, Former Associate Commissioner of New Hampshire’s HHS

Rockville, Md. – Abt Associates has hired New Hampshire’s former associate commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Tappan to help advance Abt’s cross-cutting portfolio of health and human services capacity-building work. As a principal associate, Tappan will co-lead Abt’s global Center on Technical Assistance & Implementation.

Tappan specializes in applying progressive practice, program, policy, strategy, and financial expertise across the health and human services spectrum. She brings 25-plus years of experience working in the public, social, and for-profit sectors, as well as primary and higher education, both in the United States and internationally. Throughout her career, she’s focused on building partnerships that use data and analytics to drive collaboration and integrate transformational change at key intersections of the social determinants of health, including early childhood, economic mobility, housing, behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice.

“Chris has an extensive track record leading cross-sector efforts that build organizational and system capacity and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities,” said Mary Joel Holin, division vice president, Social and Economic Policy. “The challenges our government clients are facing are not siloed, whether on the federal, state, or local level, and we look forward to sharing Chris’s innovative thinking and intersectional expertise with them.”

During her time as an associate commissioner, Tappan guided substantive transformations in New Hampshire’s early childhood, child welfare, and children’s behavioral health systems. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, she led the establishment of the statewide Child Care Collaborative, a partnership between philanthropy, government, and stakeholders, that helped maintain a safe, operational and responsive child care system.

Previously, she was the director of Local Government Affairs at American Public Human Services Association and served as a Fulbright Program specialist in Central Asia, with a focus on strengthening the child and family serving system. Tappan holds two degrees in Social Work: a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an MSW from the University of Michigan. She also has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education & Leadership from Plymouth State University.

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