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Theresa Eagleson, HFS Director

Theresa Eagleson, Director

Theresa Eagleson has served as Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services since January 2019. Immediately prior to her appointment by Governor Pritzker, she was the Executive Director of the Office of Medicaid Innovation at the University of Illinois for four years. 

Director Eagleson had previously been the longest serving Medicaid Director in the state's history, from 2007-2014. She has served in policy and administrative positions in state government since 1990, with a concentration in human services and healthcare. 

Her career included Governor's budget and policy teams under two previous administrations and fifteen years at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. 

Director Eagleson is a founding Board member of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and was elected by her peers to serve two terms. She was also a member of the Edgar Fellows Class of 2014.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, as well as a Master's in Business Administration and has a strong foundation in both budget and policy areas.

"HFS means Helping Families Succeed. We're a team of professionals dedicated to providing exceptional service to those who count on us every single day." – Theresa Eagleson