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Daniel W. Tietz

Acting Commissioner

Daniel W. Tietz

Daniel W. Tietz was appointed Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in December 2021 by Governor Kathy Hochul. He leads a state agency charged with oversight of support programs and economic assistance for low-income New Yorkers.

Most recently, Acting Commissioner Tietz served as Interim CEO of Bronx Parent Housing Network, Inc., a provider of emergency shelter and social services to over 2,000 individuals in more than a dozen facilities. He was also appointed by the New York State Supreme Court to serve as Temporary Receiver/CEO for Childrens Community Services, Inc.

Previously, he served as CEO of Bailey House, a community-based organization with a nearly 40-year history of providing housing and essential supportive services to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.

Prior to that, Acting Commissioner Tietz served as the Chief Special Services Officer for New York City’s Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration (DSS/HRA) from June 2014 through October 2017. Mr. Tietz oversaw programs that focused on the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including day-to-day shelter and intake operations for approximately 60,000 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness.

Earlier in his career, he served as executive director of ACRIA, a national HIV research, education, and advocacy organization; as deputy executive director at the Coalition for the Homeless; and as deputy executive director for Housing Works, all of which are based in New York City, among other positions.

Acting Commissioner Tietz has also long-advocated on behalf of LGBTQI+ rights and social justice concerns. A lawyer and registered nurse, Acting Commissioner Tietz received a J.D. from New England Law School, a B.A. in Legal Services from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and an R.N. from the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing.

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