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Amy Kershaw


Amy Kershaw was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) in January 2020 by Governor Charles Baker and Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Kershaw also served as part of her role as a co-chair of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center’s Food Security Task Force.

DTA is the state agency responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other federal and state programs for low-income, elderly and disabled families and individuals. DTA currently serves one in seven residents of the Commonwealth.

As Commissioner, Kershaw is committed to supporting low-income individuals and families’ meet their basic needs and set and achieve personally meaningfully goals on their path to economic mobility. She is passionate about public service and promoting an equitable and inclusive economy for the Commonwealth.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Kershaw served as Associate Commissioner for Economic Assistance and Employment at DTA. In this role, Kershaw coordinated the Department’s workforce development strategy and served as the primary liaison to the statewide, multi-Secretariat effort to implement the Federal Workforce Innovations and Opportunity (WIOA) Act.

Kershaw currently serves on the American Public Human Services Association’s National Advisory Committee for State and Federal Systems Alignment to Improve Whole Family Approaches and US DHHS Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning Research and Evaluation Technical Working Group on Self Sufficiency.

Prior to joining DTA, Kershaw held senior level policy positions within the State’s child welfare and early education and care agencies. Kershaw began her career in California, working in various policy roles in municipal and county government promoting women’s health, economic development and child well-being.

Commissioner Kershaw has a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her two sons.

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 seven residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.