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Kimberly Ali

Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services
College of Public Health


Kimberly A. Ali is the commissioner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services. In her role, she oversees both child welfare and juvenile justice operations, including the child abuse hotline, child abuse prevention, juvenile justice diversion efforts, as well as Philadelphia’s juvenile detention center. She leads a department of 1,500 employees and oversees a budget of $770 million.

In 2000, Ali began her career with the City of Philadelphia as a social worker for the Department of Human Services and rose through the ranks since then. She has held leadership positions that included director of Provider Relations and Evaluation of Programs and operations director for Ongoing Services in the Children and Youth Division. Most recently, she was deputy commissioner for Child Welfare Operations.

During her tenure with the City of Philadelphia, Ali has been credited with helping lead significant progress at the Department of Human Services. She has and continues to improve the outcomes for children and families across both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Most notably, she worked to reduce the number of children in placement by 1,400, ensuring that more children are placed with their families, connecting families to prevention services to safely divert them from the Department of Human Services and increasing community-based alternatives to detention. 

A two-time Owl, Ali earned her BA in criminal justice and her MSW from Temple. She’s also a proud graduate from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Class of 236.