Yasmin Grewal-Kök

Senior Policy Analyst

Yasmin Grewal-Kök is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on leveraging research evidence to provide effective implementation and capacity building assistance to local and state child welfare agencies across the country with the goal of creating positive change in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. She is currently supporting several jurisdictions in their efforts to conduct readiness assessments, establish governance structures, and develop implementation plans for the Family First Prevention Services Act, as well as to design and implement practice models.

Grewal-Kök has expertise in early childhood and child welfare research, policy, and advocacy. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at Early Edge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding high-quality, publicly funded early learning programs in California. While at Early Edge, she led the development and implementation of a policy and advocacy agenda to increase investment in early learning, improve quality and access to programs, and strengthen the workforce. Grewal-Kök is an attorney with over a decade of legal experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. That experience includes bringing systemic reform civil rights cases on behalf of children in foster care across the country. In that role, she partnered with agency leadership, researchers, social policy experts, and local advocates to improve state child welfare systems.

Grewal-Kök holds a Juris Doctorate from Berkeley Law at the University of California, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. Her most recent research has focused on effective multi-systems collaboration to promote the educational experiences and outcomes of young children in foster care.

J.D., Berkeley Law at the University of California

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Bachelor of Arts, Duke University