EEC Commissioner Dr. Sherri Killins

Commissioner of Early Education and Care for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dr. Killins has worked as an advocate for children and families in a variety of ways for more than 20 years, both as a provider of direct care and in leadership roles on issues relating to children and families. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Killins has worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization that promotes “public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.” She held several roles in the Foundation. Her final position was serving as Vice President for Human Development and Operations.


Prior to her work with the foundation, she served as the founding President/CEO of the New Haven Empowerment Zone, was a mayoral candidate in New Haven, Connecticut, and led operations and programs for both the Empowerment Zone Corporation and the Family Preservation Initiative of Baltimore. Dr. Killins holds a nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's of administrative science from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Sarasota. Dr. Killins is the mother of three daughters.