Dorothy Adams

Social Policy Expert, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

About Dorothy Adams

Dorothy Adams served as the Chief Executive Officer at the New Zealand Social Wellbeing Agency between 2020 and 2021. Prior to this, she was the Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Social Investment Agency, which she led from its inception in July 2015. From 2008 – 2015 Dorothy was responsible for the Ministry of Social Development’s data, analytics and evidence hub. Before joining the Ministry of Social Development Ms. Adams worked in local government for ten years specialising in policy and governance. She has also held senior roles in the Department of Labour, NZL Employment Service and was an advisor to the Minister of Employment. Ms. Adams has a Master of Public Administration from Monash University and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Wellington. In May 2021, Dorothy joined the OCDE to pursue projects focused on better use of data and evidence to improve social policy and programme design.

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