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About the Acting Commissioner: Jessica Shapiro

Jessica S. Shapiro is Acting Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), the largest child welfare agency in Pennsylvania serving thousands of children and families annually. She is a dedicated child welfare professional and advocate for children and families with 19 years of service to the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Shapiro served as Chief of Staff to the two previous DHS Commissioners and, prior to that, as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner in the Children and Youth Division. In that position, she helped to manage the operations of the hotline, investigation, ongoing services and adoption divisions of DHS.

Ms. Shapiro began her career in child welfare as an Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Philadelphia where she represented DHS in Family Court and before the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals. She was promoted while at the Law Department, ultimately serving as Senior Attorney and assistant to the Chair of the Social Services Law Group, where she worked on policy, legislative, budget and reform issues for DHS.
Prior to working with the City of Philadelphia Law Department, Ms. Shapiro served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul Jaffe and the Honorable Edward Rosenberg in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School.