Jean Brownell, MSW

Curriculum Developer

Jean has worked to improve outcomes for children and families within or at risk of entering the dependency system for about 15 years from a variety of angles.  She began her career recruiting, training, licensing and supporting caregivers for a private agency.  Jean has spent time as a case carrying worker, a supervisor, on the management team for San Francisco’s child welfare agency, as a strategic consultant nationally with the Annie E Casey Foundation focusing on system level reform work.  Jean has done work with child welfare in various California counties, New York City, New Jersey, Baltimore, Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana and Washington State.

Along the way, Jean has focused on building cross-system child welfare programs for national replication including work with Police to minimize trauma for children at the time of a parent’s arrest, with Corrections to improve visitation for children with incarcerated parents, with Education to focus recruitment and permanency efforts in specific schools, with Courts to improve processes for permanency and more.

Jean worked for the Alliance in 2013 on a Project Appointment as the Caregiver Curriculum Developer, leading a statewide workgroup of stakeholders to evaluate, and eventually redesign the curriculum for caregiver training.

Jean returned to the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence in October 2015 on a Project Appointment as the Caregiver Curriculum Developer.