Then-incoming Mayor Adrian M. Fenty criticized the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration — an agency under Ms. Donald’s oversight — for what he called “administrative chaos” and the deaths of mentally retarded residents in group homes.
Meanwhile, the CFSA remains under close scrutiny as a result of case in which resident Banita Jacks killed her four children in summer 2007, then kept the bodies in the upstairs bedroom of their Southeast rowhouse until they were discovered in January 2008.
She will also try to lead the agency from federal court monitoring under a lawsuit that dates back to the 1980s.
Ms. Donald received a warm reception from attendees at the mayor’s event Thursday and is supported by the Healthy Families-Thriving Communities Collaborative Council, a community network that seeks to improve the quality of life in the District.
Ms. Donald most recently served as a vice president for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Prior to that, she served as secretary of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources.
“Ultimately, she did a wonderful job, because she found herself,” he said.
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