Terri Porche Ricks

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Terri Porche Ricks

Deputy Secretary, Department of Children and Family Services

  • http://www.dss.state.la.us


Terri Porche Ricks brings two decades of legal, financial, human resources, policy and management experience to her role as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services. Ms. Ricks previously served as Undersecretary of the Department of Social Services (“DSS” and now “Department of Children and Family Services”) under Governor Blanco. Ms. Ricks is the former General Counsel of Louisiana Housing Corporation/Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA). She also served as a board member and former Vice-Chair of the LHFA Board of Directors.


Ms. Ricks began her public service career as an eligibility determinations examiner at DSS. Her first legal position in public service was Assistant Attorney General in the public finance section at the Louisiana Department of Justice. She has wide-ranging legal and policy experience with family-related matters, housing, government administration, contracts, labor-related matters and mediation.

A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Ms. Ricks received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School where she served as President of the Student Bar Association. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Louisiana State University.

Ms. Ricks is a 2010 graduate of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) Leadership Louisiana program. She is a past member of the LSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council. In addition to other appointments, Ms. Ricks currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Council for the Success of Black Men and Boys.