Damien Cabezas

Damien Cabezas is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Horizon Behavioral Health, the 4 th largest community service board in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to coming to Horizon, Damien served as the Chief Operating Officer at Catholic Charities, the 9th largest US charity. Damien has twenty plus years of executive management experience in healthcare and behavioral health. He has spearheaded large-scale medical, mental health, substance use, reentry, and housing programs, as well as social enterprises within the non-profit sector. He has held oversight responsibilities for alternative to incarceration programs that collaborated with drug treatment and mental health courts in New York. Damien’s expertise and involvement with social impact bonds led Santa Clara County in California to issue a request for proposals that used social impact bonds as a method for financing mental health and housing services. Damien has served as Chair and member of several talent management, health, criminal justice, housing, workforce development and social enterprise boards, committees, and task forces. Damien holds a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in Manhattan, NY.

Board Members

* Denotes Chair of Virginia Latino Advisory Board


Ex-Officio Members

  • Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation
  • Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education
  • Megan Healey, Governor’s Chief Advisor for Workforce

Office of the Governor – Staff Assigned to VLAB