Vanessa Garrett Harley was appointed Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) in August of 2014. DHS is the largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving approximately 100 thousand children and families each year. Prior to her appointment, Garrett Harley served as Deputy Commissioner of the Children and Youth Division at the Department of Human Services. In this position she was responsible for child welfare services provided to the children and families of Philadelphia in the hotline, intake, ongoing services and adoption divisions of DHS. These services are strategically designed to ensure the safety, permanency and well being of the Department’s clients.
Ms. Garrett Harley is also a 2007 graduate of the Urban League Leadership Forum, a program that identifies and trains minority leaders and establishes a forum for promoting effective leadership in all sectors of society.