Executive Director

Elizabeth Hill
Executive Director, New Jersey Human Services Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Elizabeth Hill is a Pennsylvania native who has nearly 20 years of experience as a direct service provider, administrator, and an advocate for a better quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.

Ms. Hill most recently worked as a school social worker at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia. Previously, she served as Coordinator of Deaf Services with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, where she coordinated adult mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing people across a 24-county region. She initiated partnerships with multiple agencies to establish mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing children, particularly those in the child welfare system.

Ms. Hill also served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In this role, she collaborated with the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs to pass a law standardizing infant hearing screenings.

As President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf (PSAD), Ms. Hill oversaw development of policy initiatives that affected deaf and hard of hearing Pennsylvanians that included early intervention, education, sign language interpreting, and mental health/intellectual disabilities. Governor Tom Wolf appointed her to the Governor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, where she served on the budget subcommittee. She also participated in Pennsylvania’s Disability Budget Coalition. She was appointed for two terms on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities, where she served as vice-chair of the behavioral health subcommittee and consistently advocated for the office’s increased funding with the City Council. She was a member of the mental health advisory council for Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Ms. Hill is a Board member of the National Association of the Deaf. She has also served on committees for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and ADARA, formerly known as the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government and a Master of Social Work degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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