Jesse Renny-Byfield


Jesse Renny-Byfield is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. She works with several jurisdictions to support data-driven implementation of the Family First Preservation Services Act. Renny-Byfield has particular interest in ways in which geographic distance between youth and services impacts outcomes, including reabuse and permanency. She supports predictive analytical work in child welfare and reducing racial disparity across jurisdictions, and has expertise in trauma and narratives.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Renny-Byfield served as the primary data and policy analyst for the Iowa Department of Human Services Bureau of Adult, Children, and Family Services, where she supported state initiatives with descriptive and predictive work, data dashboard development and deployment, and federal and state reporting requirements. She also has capacity building and survey experience from her work in Jordan and Afghanistan.

Renny-Byfield holds a PhD in Applied Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.

PhD in Applied Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Riverside