Deborah A. Carroll received her appointment as an Administrative Law Judge in May 2017, following a rewarding career in public service. In the District of Columbia, Ms. Carroll served as the Director for the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES), where she spearheaded efforts to integrate workforce development and case management services across District agencies and develop and expand access to quality job driven programs, including Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Learn, Earn, Advance, and Prosper (LEAP) program. Additionally, Ms. Carroll was the former interim Director and past Administrator for the DC Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration (DHS), where she led the effort to design and implement a comprehensive system transformation of the District’s service-delivery model in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which became national recognized as an innovation in promising practices.
Prior to DOES and DHS, Ms. Carroll joined the Office of the General Counsel for the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) in 2003, where she served as the Deputy General Counsel for DHS and served as principal attorney for the Economic Security Administration. She eventually advanced to Acting General Counsel for DHS from 2006 through 2008 before she joined the agency in 2009 to serve as the Administrator.
From 1999-2003, Ms. Carroll represented the City of Philadelphia’s Departments of Behavioral Health and Human Services, where she practiced in areas such as child welfare, mental health, and health privacy. Additionally, Ms. Carroll served as the legal counsel to the City of Philadelphia’s Forensic Mental Health Task Force, where she co-authored a treatise on Pennsylvania’s mental health commitment laws. Judge Carroll has a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law.