Jane 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.\n\n\u201cJane has spent much of her career advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities for equality, empowerment and independence,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker . \u201cOur 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.\u201d\n\n\u201cCommissioner 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,\u201d said Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. \u201cHer leadership will ensure greater consistency across the agency and strengthen relationships with families.\u201d\n\nRyder 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.\n\nPrior 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.