Ronald E. Richter was appointed Commissioner of New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) in September 2011. Commissioner Richter has worked for two decades on behalf of New York City's children involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he served as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of New York in Queens, to which he was appointed in January 2009. Prior to that, he served as Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York, ensuring that the City's human service agencies were managed efficiently and effectively, and provided oversight to the Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety. Commissioner Richter was the ACS Deputy Commissioner for Family Court Legal Services from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for representing the Commissioner in all matters before the City's five family courts. For fourteen years, Commissioner Richter was an attorney at The Legal Aid Society representing children in juvenile delinquency, child protection and parental rights proceedings.
Commissioner Richter earned his B.A. from Tufts University, his M.S. from Boston University College of Communications and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He lives in Long Island City, Queens, with his spouse, Franklin, and their daughter, Maya.