Commissioner of the Department of Correction
Prior to becoming Commissioner of the Department of Correction (DOC), Claire DeMatteis was appointed by Governor John Carney to serve as his Special Assistant at the Department of Corrections. In this role Commissioner DeMatteis worked alongside the previous DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps, and led implementation of Governor Carney’s plan following the Independent Review into events of February 1, 2017, at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. From 2008-2016, Commissioner DeMatteis served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of two multi-billion dollar corporations. Commissioner DeMatteis spent four years at a Mid-Atlantic law firm with offices in Wilmington and was a partner in charge of the firm’s Delaware office from 2007-2008. Previously, Commissioner DeMatteis spent from 1994-2004 working as senior counsel for then-Senator Joseph Biden. She served as a member of the Senator’s senior team on issues involving law enforcement, women’s rights, civil rights and constitutional matters.