Jessica Rothkuo

Senior Policy Analyst

Jessica Rothkuo is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She provides strategic and adaptive support to federal, state, and local child welfare agencies to build their capacity to implement Family First. Rothkuo employs a collaborative approach that builds trust, strengthens systems, and enhances organizations’ ability to serve communities. Her expertise includes strategic planning and co-design, business process improvement, systems thinking, cross-system collaboration, and evidence-based model implementation.

Prior to joining the Chapin Hall team, Rothkuo was the Senior Program Manager at the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, leading the Foundation’s support of Family First Prevention Services Act implementation. In that role, she oversaw a team delivering capacity building and technical assistance to 18 local jurisdictions in New York State. Rothkuo previously worked as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte, where she assisted state agencies in developing programmatic strategy and operations improvements to drive better outcomes for staff and the children, youth, and families they serve. Her work included agency strategic planning, business process redesign, and deployment of enterprise software for case management. Rothkuo also served as the Executive Director of Strategy, Innovation and Planning at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, where she supervised a team responsible for guiding implementation of strategic initiatives. While there, she managed the system-level implementation of Strong Families NYC—New York’s Title IV-E waiver and the agency’s largest foster care initiative. Rothkuo is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ethiopia 2010–2012).

Rothkuo earned a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University.

Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management, The New School

Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications, Kent State University