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Terri Delgadillo, Director of DDS
Terri Delgadillo is the Director of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in the Administration of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. serving under California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley.
Ms. Delgadillo was appointed on September 1, 2006, as Director of DDS and previously served as Chief Deputy Director/Interim Director at DDS from February through August 2006.
Ms. Delgadillo manages a department in the California Health and Human Services Agency with over 6,000 employees and a total budget of $4.5 billion. DDS is the lead agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. As Director, Ms. Delgadillo oversees the delivery of services and supports to approximately 246,000 persons with developmental disabilities and their families. These services are administered through four state-operated developmental centers, one state-operated community facility, and contracts with 21 private, non-profit regional centers.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Delgadillo served as Deputy Secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency since 2004. She previously served as Deputy Director for the Department of Health Services, and Acting Undersecretary and Deputy Secretary for the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency.
Ms. Delgadillo's career has focused on public policy and social services. She provided classroom instruction for children with developmental disabilities, volunteered for the Special Olympics, and worked as a Peace Officer. Later, she worked for more than 15 years as a legislative expert at the state and national levels, including serving as the Legislative Director for United States Senators John Seymour and Paul Coverdell and as the Chief Consultant for the California Senate Select Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science.