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Steven Buck has served the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) since February 2016. As the Executive Director, Mr. Buck is responsible for the overall management of the agency's portfolio of operated and contracted programs and services. He works directly with the agency's governing board to facilitate agency priorities, planning and operational performance.
Prior to joining OJA, Buck served the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as deputy commissioner for communications and prevention for nine years. At ODMHSAS, Buck directed the agency’s prevention and provider certification initiatives. He also managed both internal and external communications and was the agency’s lead on state legislative relations and worked collaboratively with the agency leadership team in policy development and implementation.
Before working at ODMHSAS, Buck enjoyed a ten year career with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. During his tenure, he served in multiple capacities, including national director of state policy, national director of state relations, and executive director of NAMI Oklahoma. As national director of state policy, Buck provided oversight and consultation in the area of public policy development to the 50 NAMI state organizations.
Buck has advocacy experience in multiple state legislatures and has been involved in numerous political campaigns and policy initiatives. His professional career has included collaborative work in the policy areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, corrections and juvenile justice.
He and his wife, Lisa, have four daughters and two sons. A native Oklahoman, he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He has completed all course work for a Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma with the thesis remaining.