Ronald E. Richter, Esq.
Ronald E. Richter, Esq., was appointed Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in September 2011. Commissioner Richter has worked for two decades on behalf of New York City’s children involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he served as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of New York in Queens, to which he was appointed in January 2009. Prior to that, he served as Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York, ensuring that the City’s human service agencies were managed efficiently and effectively, and provided oversight to the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Child Welfare and Safety. Commissioner Richter was the ACS Deputy Commissioner for Family Court Legal Services from 2005 to 2007, where he was responsible for representing the Commissioner in all matters before the City’s five family courts. For fourteen years, Commissioner Richter was an attorney at The Legal Aid Society representing children in juvenile delinquency, child protection and parental rights proceedings.
Commissioner Richter earned his B.A. from Tufts University, his M.S. from Boston University College of Communications and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He lives in Long Island City, Queens, with his spouse, Franklin, and their daughter, Maya.
Kathy Boudin, Ed.D.
Dr. Kathy Boudin is director of the Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, based at Columbia School of Social Work, where she is also an adjunct professor. The Initiative is dedicated to ending reliance on incarceration and retribution. Working within the University, the Initiative also implements community-based projects supporting education for youth with incarcerated parents, advocating for parole reform and promoting restorative justice. Boudin also works with the Center for Comprehensive Care, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where she is founding director of the Coming Home Program for people returning from prison.
In the 1960s, Dr. Boudin was active in civil rights, antiwar, and international justice movements. She served 22 years in prison, beginning in 1981, and during that span she worked with other women creating national model programs focusing on HIV/AIDS, parenting, and higher education in prison. She was a family law educator in prison for more than 15 years and is a co-author of The Foster Care Handbook for Incarcerated Parents: A Manual Of Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities (1994).
Dr. Boudin has collaborated with Professor Philip Genty on issues affecting incarcerated parents since 1985. In 1997, she helped Professor Genty develop Columbia's Prisoners and Families Clinic, and she continued to work closely with clinic students until her release from prison.
Dr. Boudin has done research on the relationship of criminal justice to education, women, health, and longtermers, and her work has been published widely in various publications, including the Harvard Educational Review, Women in Therapy, Correctional Education, Rutgers Women’s Rights Law Reporter, and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She also edited and co-authored the book Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum Security Prison (1998).
Dr. Boudin has consulted with community-based organizations, departments of corrections, university projects, and international AIDS projects. Her honors include the W.E.B Dubois Research Award by Citizens Against Recidivism and first prize for the PEN Prison Writing award in poetry. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia Teachers College in 2007. In 2013, she is the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School.