Jessie D Watrous
Jessie Watrous manages technical assistance to Maryland’s twenty-four jurisdictions and state child welfare agency on implementation of the evidence-based and promising programs, consults with the state child welfare agency on its implementation of its federal IV-E Waiver, and serves as Multi-Systemic Therapy Network Partner Director. Before arriving at the Institute, Jessie was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) for over a decade. As a Senior Associate with AECF she designed and led the demonstration of Evidence2Success and funded program evaluation and implementation science research. With AECF’s consulting group, she guided state and city child welfare agencies in system reform. Jessie began her career as a program manager and counselor in residential and community-based treatment programs for young women in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Ever since, she has been seeking to improve the services and systems which serve disadvantaged children and families. Jessie holds a Master in Public Affairs from Indiana University, School of Environmental and Public Affairs, a Certificate in Fundraising and a Bachelor degree from George Washington University. She is a resident of Baltimore City, enjoys the outdoors and is a mother to two young boys.