Wheelock Grad Named NYC Deputy Commissioner

June 28, 2012

Wheelock College alumna and NYC Deputy Commissioner Raye BarbieriThe New York City Administration for Children's Services announced that Wheelock graduate Raye Barbieri has joined the agency as Deputy Commissioner for the newly created Division of Youth and Family Development (DYFD). As Deputy Commissioner, Barbieri will oversee ACS' placement services under Close to Home, the ground-breaking initiative that will realign the juvenile justice system and allow young people charged with delinquency whose cases have been adjudicated by the New York City Family Court the opportunity to be rehabilitated, supervised, and, when necessary, confined near their families and in their communities.

"We are fortunate to have Raye join us at this critical juncture as we implement the next phase of juvenile justice reform for New York City," said ACS Commissioner Ronald E. Richter. "Her extensive knowledge and experience will be critical as we take on these new responsibilities to serve young people in or close to their communities, while maintaining public safety."

The Division of Youth and Family Development (DYFJ) will be responsible for a range of programs, policies, and practices for non-secure and limited-secure residential care. The division will work with the nonprofit agencies that will be providing these services, as well as the Department of Education, to ensure that youth in ACS' care receive the rehabilitative and educational services that will facilitate their successful re-entry into the community. The efforts of the division will be focused on improving outcomes for these youth, while keeping New York City safe.

"I am both honored and excited to join the ACS team and implement Close to Home and other initiatives that will significantly impact the City's juvenile justice system," said Barbieri.

Barbieri comes to ACS from the Center for Court Innovation, a nonprofit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime, and improve public trust in justice. She has worked there for the past 17 years, and most recently served as the Director of Implementation. In that role, she oversaw program development, operations, administration and management of a large portfolio of Center projects including juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, community courts, community coalitions, and reentry work.

Prior to her work at the Center, Barbieri served as a social worker with the Legal Aid Society for more than six years. She holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from Wheelock College and a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University, where she serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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