Lunch Speaker – Molly McGrath Tierney
Molly McGrath Tierney, M.Ed., is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services where she manages the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past nine years, she has led a massive reform effort that dramatically improved the services provided to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore, including reducing the number of children in foster care by 60%. She created a business model for sustainable agency performance that is now considered a national model for modern social services. She joined the Department after 5 years in Chicago where she designed and managed the social service programs that supported Mayor Richard M. Daley’s major human service reform plans. Prior to that, she spent15 years in public child welfare systems in Illinois and in Washington D.C. She holds a master’s degree from Loyola University and is a fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She lives in Baltimore with her family.