Mayor de Blasio appointed David A. Hansell Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services in February 2017.
Commissioner Hansell has committed his career to serving vulnerable communities and expanding opportunity for low-income individuals and families. An accomplished manager, he has decades of experience in social services work across the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
From 2009 to 2011, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, Hansell helped oversee a division with an approximately $50 billion annual budget, with responsibilities including child welfare, economic support, early childhood education, and special population programs. In his role, Hansell helped implement the “Fostering Connections to Success Act” to improve services for older youth in foster care and enhance educational continuity.
At New York State, Hansell was Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, where among other things he helped achieve a historic level of household participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative, and helped reform New York State’s child support programs to heighten compliance and increase payments to custodial parents and children. He has also served as Chief of Staff in the NYC Human Resources Administration, and in various leadership roles at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, where he managed a portfolio of HIV treatment and prevention programs.
During the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, he was the Director of Legal Services and Deputy Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He was a former aide to two U.S. Senators, and began his career as a sixth grade teacher.
Hansell has served as a consultant to several non-profit, government, and philanthropic organizations on a diverse array of health and social services policy and advocacy issues. Just prior to coming to ACS, he was Head of KPMG’s Health & Human Services Center of Excellence. Commissioner Hansell is a graduate of Yale Law School and Haverford College.