Director of the Department of Jobs and Family Services
Matt Damschroder was appointed director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) by Governor Mike DeWine in March 2021.
Director Damschroder is no stranger to the important work of children services agencies. In addition to having been foster parents, he and his wife have two adopted children. He understands how adoption and foster care can change a child's life - and the lives of the adoptive and foster parents.
Prior to joining ODJFS, he served as director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) since January 2019. While at DAS, Damschroder brought a focus of customer service to the agency. Under his direction, there was a renewed effort to provide innovative and secure technology through the Office of Information Technology and its InnovateOhio Platform. He also focused on customer-centric improvements to the Ohio's procurement functions and helped further Governor DeWine's efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in state government, including making Ohio a model employer for individuals with disabilities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Damschroder led DAS efforts to utilize information technology and data to help health officials make informed decisions and communicate with the public, as well as using DAS procurement and logistics expertise to secure and distribute more than 140 million pieces of personal protective equipment.
Prior to joining DAS, he served in the office of then-Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. There, he first served as Secretary Husted's State Elections Director from 2011 to 2014, then as the Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff. Previously, Damschroder led the Franklin County Board of Elections, one of the nation's 25 largest local elections jurisdictions.
A native of Columbus, Damschroder holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Max M. Fisher College of Business, both at the Ohio State University.