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 almost three decades. Before Mr. Richter joined JCCA as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director in 2015, he served as a judge in New York City’s Family Court from 2009-2011 and again from 2014-2015. Mr. Richter served as NYC’s Family Services Coordinator, responsible for coordination among the city’s seven largest human services agencies, and as Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) prior to being appointed NYC Commissioner of ACS by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2011.
During his time leading ACS, Mr. Richter spearheaded landmark initiatives concerning juvenile justice, evidence-based practice, innovations pursuant to the federal IV-E waiver, advocacy for parents at child safety conferences, and support for foster youth who identify as LGBTQ.
For young people involved in delinquency hearings, the Juvenile Justice Initiative 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 child safety conferences. 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. NYC benefited tremendously from the federal IV-E waiver that was negotiated during Mr. Richter’s tenure and became effective on January 1, 2014. A proven success, the waiver dramatically reduced both the average time spent in care for foster youth and the caseloads of child welfare workers across New York City.
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. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University and earned a Master of Science and law degree from Boston University. He currently serves on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Children’s Cabinet and as a Board Member of the Human Services Council, COFCCA, and the NYS Coalition of Children’s Behavioral Health.
Mr. Richter has been featured in numerous print, online, and broadcast publications, including appearances on NBC4NY, SpectrumNews1, WNET, and PIX11.
- The Education Foster Kids Deserve (New York Daily News)
- How New York City Can Help Foster Youth Build a Brighter Future (The Chronicle of Social Change)
- What the Trump administration can do now to mitigate immigrant children’s emotional trauma (USA TODAY)