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Press Release Amy Kershaw Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

For immediate release:
12/19/2019
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Transitional Assistance

Media Contact for Amy Kershaw Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

Brooke Karanovich, Media Relations Manager

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BostonAmy Kershaw, MPA, has been appointed Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) effective January 2, 2020. The Department of Transitional Assistance assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance and food assistance, as well as employment and training opportunities.

“I am pleased to announce Amy Kershaw as the new Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. Amy is a proven leader with a strong foundation of public service, and has played an important role in DTA’s transformation,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, who oversees the agency. “DTA’s programs support Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents, including children, older adults, and persons with disabilities, and has made great strides in its efforts to help consumers toward economic stability in recent years, and under Amy’s leadership that trend will continue.”

Amy Kershaw currently serves as the Associate Commissioner for Economic Assistance and Employment at DTA.  In this capacity, she has been responsible for policy and program development for key public benefits for low-income, elderly, and disabled residents. She also coordinates workforce development strategies and serves as the primary liaison and staff to the statewide effort to implement the Federal Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act.

“I am honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the Department of Transitional Assistance and to help further the Baker-Polito Administration’s agenda to promote economic mobility for our families and a strong economy for the Commonwealth,” said Amy Kershaw.

Previously, Kershaw served as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Practice Innovations at the Department of Children and Families, where she focused on developing policy and practice guidance for front line social workers and developing key policies governing departmental processes. Prior to her tenure at DCF, Kershaw held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, first as the Associate Commissioner for Coordination and Outreach, then as the Deputy Commissioner for Programs, where her primary work focused on developing and implementing policies to streamline access for children and families, and leading an organizational restructuring.

Kershaw has a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University. Kershaw and her family live in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Media Contact for Amy Kershaw Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Department of Transitional Assistance 

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.
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