Who We Are
Ronald E. Richter – Chief Executive Officer
Ronald E. Richter has been working with New York’s vulnerable children, young people, and families for more than two decades. Prior to joining JCCA in 2015, Mr. Richter served as a judge in New York City’s Family Court from 2009-2011 and again from 2014-2015. He served as Deputy Commissioner and Family Services Coordinator at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), prior to being appointed ACS Commissioner by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011, a post he held until 2013.
During his time at ACS, Mr. Richter spearheaded landmark initiatives around LGBTQ issues for youth in care, juvenile justice, evidence-based practice, and support for parents during removal hearings. For young people involved in delinquency hearings, the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) developed under Mr. Richter’s tenure resulted in a 200% reduction in out-of-home placement, while the Close to Home legislation Mr. Richter helped draft ensures that young people stay near their families and communities when they are unable to remain at home. Mr. Richter also led the first strategic plan aimed at services for young people who identify as LGBTQ and created the Parent Advocate program to provide support for parents during removal hearings. Under his leadership, ACS implemented numerous evidence-based practice models in foster care and preventive services, making New York City a leader in using data-informed, proven strategies to reduce placements and improve outcomes for vulnerable families.
Mr. Richter began his career as an attorney at Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services in 1990, followed by 13 years at the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Richter graduated from Tufts University and received a Master of Science and a law degree from Boston University. He currently serves on Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Children’s Cabinet and as a Board Member of both the Human Services Council and COFCCA.