Sean Hamilton Named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Facilities
OJJ’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Facilities will begin work with OJJ on November 1, Dr. Mary Livers announced. Sean Hamilton currently serves as superintendent of the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in Washington, DC., where he directs operations of the district’s only juvenile committed care facility. Sean also directs development and implementation of the Missouri Model at the Washington facility. He brings over 20 years of experience working with children and families to the position.
Prior to moving to Washington, Sean served as program director for Boys Town of New York, New York City, and Boys Town of Louisiana in New Orleans. He also worked for the Louisiana Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services, serving as a juvenile court liaison, foster care case manager and adoption specialist.
"Sean Hamilton brings a wealth of experience to OJJ and we are fortunate to have attracted such a well-qualified executive," said Dr. Livers. "His experience with the Missouri Model and commitment to systemic reform are qualities that make Sean an excellent match for OJJ’s needs. The fact that he is a Louisiana native is a bonus. I look forward to working with Sean and hope that we can anticipate many years of service."
Sean loves to travel, and he anticipates a journey to Egypt sometime in the next year. His other passion is spending time with his daughter, a senior at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans.
"My motivation is seeing people transform their lives and become the best individual they can be," Sean said. I enjoy helping people find and utilize their gifts and talents, to better themselves and to make their communities a better place. "There is such a need and void within our young people, particularly adolescents, to learn to make meaningful contributions to the world."
"It’s very sad, and it’s a national trend, I think, that kids often find it difficult to envision and aspire to things they don’t know," Sean said. "Exposure to different cultures and environments is critical to helping young people dream. If you don’t know that something exists, it’s not within your realm of reality. It’s hugely important to share experiences – every opportunity is critical to helping young people succeed."
Sean is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Southern University in Orleans (SUNO) and West Jefferson High School in Harvey. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from SUNO.