Lamont Nominates New DCF Commissioner; Dorantes Departs for Private Sector

Jodi Hill-Lilly. Photo courtesy of Office of Gov. Ned Lamont

Vanessa Dorantes has been with DCF for over 31 years and will leave the department in January.

By Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Gov. Ned Lamont will nominate Jodi Hill-Lilly to serve as the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families once the 2024 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly convenes in February. Hill-Lilly will take over for outgoing DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes, who is leaving state service in January for a new opportunity in the private sector.

Having served at DCF since 1988, Jodi Hill-Lilly currently holds the position of deputy commissioner of administration, which she has held since 2019. In this role, she oversees various administrative functions within the agency, including fiscal services, human resources, workforce development, information systems, multicultural affairs, and systems development. Additionally, Hill-Lilly leads DCF’s initiative on racial justice, playing a crucial role in developing and implementing policies, training, and coaching related to race and culture both within the agency and in collaboration with community partners.

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