Beth Berlin, Interim Commissioner of Education & President of the University of the State of New York
Beth Berlin assumed the role of Interim Commissioner of the New York State Education Department on September 1, 2019 and will remain in that position until the New York State Board of Regents selects a permanent Commissioner. Ms. Berlin also served as Acting Commissioner between January and July 2015, upon the departure of previous Commissioner of Education, John King.
Ms. Berlin was appointed in January 2013 to serve as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department. In that role, Ms. Berlin manages the day-to-day operations and administration of the State Education Department, part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. Ms. Berlin oversees the work of more than 700 school districts with 3.2 million students; 7,000 libraries; 900 museums; and more than 50 professions encompassing nearly 900,000 licensees.
Formerly, Ms. Berlin served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). At OTDA, she led an agency responsible for overseeing a range of the State’s most important programs for its low-income residents and providing leadership, guidance and support to local departments of social services in the administration of these programs. This included helping public assistance recipients, and potential recipients, enter the workforce; promoting access to economic supports for low-income working New Yorkers; connecting individuals with special needs to appropriate services; and helping to improve child well-being.
Interim Commissioner Berlin has an extensive background in the delivery of social and human service programs. Prior to joining OTDA, she served as Commissioner of the Department of Social Services in Albany County.
Ms. Berlin also worked for Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, first as a policy analyst and then as Health and Human Services Coordinator.
Ms. Berlin is a graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York. She lives in the Town of Bethlehem with her husband and three children.