Dorothy Adams served as the Chief Executive Officer at the New Zealand Social Wellbeing Agency between 2020 and 2021. Prior to this, she was the Acting Chief Executive Officer 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.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Social Development in 2008, Ms. Adams worked in local government for ten years specialising in policy and governance. She also held senior roles in the Department of Labour, NZL Employment Service and was an advisor to the Minister of Employment. 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. In May this year, Dorothy joined the OECD to pursue projects focused on better use of data and evidence to improve policy and programme design.