Samantha Steinmetz

Policy Analyst

Samantha Steinmetz is a Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall. Steinmetz collaborates with state and local child welfare jurisdictions to build their capacity and successfully implement evidence-based strategies to improve family outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being. Steinmetz uses her direct-practice and clinical perspective to help jurisdictions include hard-to-reach populations in their program and policy design. Currently, she supports jurisdictions in their development and implementation of kinship and adoption navigator programs, and Family First Prevention Services Act readiness. Steinmetz is particularly interested in tribal child welfare policy improvement strategies, and implementation processes.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Steinmetz was the Chief Planning Analyst for the Department of Family and Support Services for the City of Chicago. Steinmetz started her career at Simply Smiles Inc., a nonprofit organization that works both on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota and in Oaxaca, Mexico. At Simply Smiles, she led youth and family programs and child welfare response strategies in partnership with community leaders.

Steinmetz holds a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration and a certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Global Studies from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.

Master of Arts in Social Service Administration, Certificate in Health Administration and Policy, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in History and Global Studies, Saint Michael’s College