Crystal Collier Appointed Deputy Commissioner of DYS in Massachusetts

Posted June 6, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Crystal Collier, an alumnus of the JDAI Applied Leadership Network (ALN), was recently appointed Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Finance of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. This is a promotion from her former position of Chief of Staff.

Collier joined DYS in 2008 with a background in criminal justice and child/youth advocacy. She began her tenure with the Department as Director of Operations in the Central Region, and has worked in a variety of roles at children- and youth-oriented agencies throughout her career, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); the Vermont Children’s Forum; and, the Family Connection Center for Visitation. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York.

An alum of the 2nd ALN class (2010-2011), she currently serves as the chair of the national Network Steering Committee. Collier states, “ALN was transformative for me and my career. I learned new skills, increased my confidence and was inspired to be a result-driven leader. I believe that the impact of ALN is visible in the work being done by DYS, which I hope will result in better outcomes for youth and their families.”