Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia, United States
Brenda Donald became deputy mayor for Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia on January 2, 2015. In this role, she is charged with making sure that residents of all ages receive the services they need to lead healthy and productive lives in the District of Columbia.
Deputy Mayor Donald joins the Bowser Administration after three-years as director of the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) where she was widely credited with accelerating the District’s ongoing child welfare reform and establishing a host of performance improvements. Within her first two months, she established a strategic agenda known for as the Four Pillars that has focused the District child welfare system on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. For example, when placement with relatives became the first choice for children entering foster care, the rate of kin placement climbed from 14 percent to 26 percent, an increase of 86 percent. Meanwhile, use of best practices in addressing reports of child abuse/neglect and increased support for families helped to reduce the number of District children in foster care from about 1,800 at the start of FY12 to about 1,000 today.