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Susan Getman

2012 Speaker

Susan M. Getman, MSW became president and CEO of Walker in May 2012, taking over as the agency’s third executive director in its 51-year history. Prior to joining Walker, Getman was senior director for Casey Family Programs, a national foundation based in Seattle dedicated to improving child welfare outcomes for children and families. She spent five years (2002-2007) as DSS deputy commissioner, leading the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and spearheading the early work aimed at transforming the agency’s child welfare practice model. Prior to DSS, Getman oversaw the operations of residential, family, educational and community based programs and services as executive vice president for Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, having worked earlier in her career in leadership roles for the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) and the Town of Framingham.