Kids department gets new secretary

By Carl Kanefsky 12:21pm, March 25, 2013 - Updated 3:30pm, March 25, 2013
Children's Department Secretary Jennifer Ranji talks with WDEL's Carl Kanefsky about her new role
There's a new member of Governor Markell's cabinet.

Jennifer Ranji, a former education policy advisor for the governor, took the oath as the new Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families Monday morning.

Ranji, who previously worked as an attorney dealing with victims of domestic violence and child abuse, believes all of her past experience will serve her well in her new role.

"Having represented kids in the system, and worked on individual cases, I have an understanding of how this all feels on the ground. But having done a lot of policy work, I have an understanding of what it takes to make big shifts in policy, and how to get big initiatives through, and I think those two things together are really important," she says.

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Ranji says she's looking forward to getting started, and while admitting there's not a lot of glamour in her department, it's a place where positive change is made.

"I like the fact that this is a department that is dealing with life or death things. The families and the kids that are served here are the most vulnerable families and kids in our state" Ranji says.

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In addition to time as an education policy advisor for Markell, Ranji served as Deputy Legal Counsel for then Governor Tom Carper, and worked as Director of Legal Affairs for Delaware's Family Court.

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