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Dr. Arcel Blume

Director of the Office of Cultural Competency


Dr. Blume holds a doctorate degree in Human Development and Family Studies and has worked for county government for the past 10 years supporting child welfare, juvenile justice and adult criminal justice systems in the areas of research and evaluation.

For those eight years, she has worked for Santa Clara County. In her role as Director, Research and Outcome Measurement with the Santa Clara County Probation Department, Blume leads the development of analytic reports to evaluate the effectiveness of key programmatic interventions and services. These reports track successful completion of services, recidivism, incremental change, and factors that may impact outcome goals. Prior to joining Probation, Blume serves as Evaluation and Planning Manager for the Department of Family and Children’s Services in the Social Services Agency.

“Together with families, partners, and stakeholders, I look forward to defining, crafting, and implementing a vision with measurable process and outcomes goals that support and enhance children’s and youths’ healthy development and well-being,” said Blume. “I am excited to work collaboratively with community and system partners in coordinated efforts to reduce the disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.”


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