Cynthia F. Figueroa, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), has devoted her career to helping improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. The Department is the City agency charged with protecting children from abuse, neglect and delinquency and is the largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner by Mayor Jim Kenney, Ms. Figueroa served as President and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos. There she had fiscal oversight of $25 million dedicated to strengthening Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services.
From 2008-2011, Ms. Figueroa served as Deputy Commissioner for DHS and was responsible for the oversight of what was then known as the Division of Community Based Prevention Services. She was instrumental in enhancing relationships with key stakeholders including the School District of Philadelphia, other City Departments and the Provider community.
In addition to her roles at DHS and Congreso, Ms. Figueroa has served as Executive Director of Women Against Abuse. Early in her career, she worked on the front line serving clients in a variety of settings, including programs for female offenders, persons living with HIV/AIDS and victims of domestic violence.
The recipient of a prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, Ms. Figueroa brings international leadership and recognition to DHS. She has also received the University of Pennsylvania Outstanding Leadership Award, the National Football League/Philadelphia Eagles Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, the Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award and the Hispanic Bar Association La Justicia Award.
In 2015, Ms. Figueroa was appointed to the USA Board of Trustees for United Way. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Spring Hill College. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, she and her family reside in the Northwest section of Philadelphia.