Gretchen Test

Operations Director

Gretchen Test joined the Youth Law Center in 2017, where she manages operations and administrative functions, and oversees the Quality Parenting Initiative evaluation. Previously, at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group, she led consulting teams assisting state and local child welfare leaders to implement large public system reform efforts, and collaborated with YLC on the development of the Quality Parenting Initiative. She supported efforts to improve policies related to LGBT youth and families, co-created Every Kid Needs a Family (a national campaign to reduce use of group placements) and helped manage the Family to Family Initiative and related grants in 18 states. She served as Director of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, is a founding member of the Alliance for Racial Equity and the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare and spent seven years creating and leading culturally responsive domestic violence and family support programs in the Seattle area. Gretchen served as a faculty practicum supervisor for four schools of social work and is a board member with several national child welfare organizations.


Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate, University of Washington, 1993
MSW, Community Organizing and Planning, University of Washington, 1992
BA, Political Science, University of Rhode Island, 1985

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