The skills of amrican workforce

Commission & Staff


Harry Spence

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Social Services

Harry Spence was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, the state agency charged with the care and protection of children and which provides a wide variety of family programs, in November of 2001. Mr. Spence formerly served as deputy chancellor for operations for the New York City public schools, the nation’s largest school system; receiver for the bankrupt city of Chelsea, Massachusetts; lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; court-appointed receiver of the Boston Housing Authority, which became a model for public housing intervention across the nation; and executive director of the Cambridge Housing Authority.