A Message From Debbie Roberts, Assistant Secretary

Developmental Disabilities Administration

October 18, 2021


Greetings All,

I am pleased to announce that Governor Inslee has named Jilma Meneses as the secretary of DSHS, effective January 3, 2022.

Jilma has served nearly 30 years in public service, most recently as the chief executive officer for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, California. She led the strategy, management and operations of 30 direct human services programs for children, families, older adults, people with disabilities and HIV/AIDS survivors.

We are excited to work with her as she brings her leadership experience and above all, a tremendous understanding of, and heartfelt commitment to, our mission to transform the lives of those we serve.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Don Clintsman; it has been an honor to have him serve as our interim Secretary. Don has done a tremendous job working during some of the hardest times due to the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, he has been able to direct staff and implement safety measures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, maintain 24/7 facilities open, work with staff on the Safe Start and Return to the Office project, and more.