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.”