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Press Release Jane Ryder Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services

For immediate release:
1/30/2018
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Developmental Services

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Elissa Snook

BostonJane Ryder has been named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) effective immediately. DDS creates opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to contribute to and participate in their communities as valued members.

“Jane has spent much of her career advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities for equality, empowerment and independence,” said Governor Charlie Baker . “Our administration is committed to providing meaningful supports and training opportunities to help every individual with a disability fully integrate in their communities and it is with great confidence that I appoint Jane as the next Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.”

Commissioner Ryder is a strong advocate for the more than 38,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders across the Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Her leadership will ensure greater consistency across the agency and strengthen relationships with families.”

Ryder has served as Interim Commissioner at DDS since July 2017 and has worked for DDS since 1995 most recently as Deputy Commissioner where she was key in the implementation of DDS priorities including waiver enrollment, promotion of shared living and self-direction, and improvement of consistency in practice across the state.

Prior to joining the DDS, Ryder was the Deputy Director at Community Teamwork Inc., a nonprofit community action agency serving low income residents in the Greater Lowell Area. She has prior public service at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development as Director of the Office of Energy Conservation. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where she received a B.A. in Political Science and holds Masters Degrees from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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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 state agencies, in addition to the 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth insurance program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of those we serve. Some of our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Department of Developmental Services  

DDS creates, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

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