Since May 2021, Dorothy Adams has been working with the OECD to pursue projects focused on better use of data and evidence to improve policy and programme design.

Dorothy served as CEO at the New Zealand Social Wellbeing Agency between 2020 and 2021, and before that, as the Acting CEO at the Social Investment Agency, which she led from its inception in July 2015. Before that, she was a General Manager in the Ministry of Social Development, where she was responsible for their data, analytics and evidence hub.

Between 1998-2008, Ms. Adams worked in local government specialising in policy and governance. Ms. Adams has a Master of Public Administration from Monash University and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Wellington.