Director Kimberly Henderson

  • Hometown: Columbus
  • Occupation: Director of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, ODJFS  
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Kimberly Henderson is director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), a $3.3 billion agency with approximately 2,300 employees. ODJFS is responsible for supervising the state's public assistance, workforce development, unemployment insurance, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.

Henderson was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine in January 2019. She previously was senior vice president of administration and general counsel at Columbus State Community College. Henderson joined Columbus State in 2012 and provided executive guidance on college policy, administration and strategic initiatives. Her leadership portfolio included supervision of the Legal Office, Human Resources Department, Equity and Compliance Office, Police Department, Facilities Management Division and the Shared Governance Office. She also served as liaison to the Board of Trustees for the development and implementation of board policy.

Prior to joining Columbus State, Henderson served as deputy chief counsel for Attorney General Mike DeWine, managing chiefs of six sections: Taxation, Workers’ Compensation, Civil Rights, Contracts, Public Utilities and Education. She also served as deputy chief counsel for the Ohio Department of Education. Early in her career, she practiced as a staff attorney in domestic relations and juvenile court, and as a labor and employment attorney with the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease firm and the Littler Mendelson firm. She serves on the board of directors for the Columbus School for Girls and the YWCA of Columbus.

A Columbus native, Henderson is the founder and president of the Olive Tree Foundation for Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring, enrichment programs and scholarships for young women attending the Columbus School for Girls. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City and a juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law.




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The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting.

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