Jennifer (Jennie) Romich

Jennifer Romich

Director, West Coast Poverty Center
PhD, Northwestern University

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Professor Jennie Romich teaches social welfare policy and policy practice classes. 

She studies resources and economic well-being in families with an emphasis on low-income workers, household budgets, and families’ interactions with public policy. Her recent projects include research into effective marginal tax rates created by means-tested benefit schedules and the tax system; an investigation of income of families involved with the child welfare system; and mixed-method evaluations of local policy interventions, including the City of the Seattle Paid Safe and Sick Time Ordinance and $15 minimum wage. 

Romich serves as faculty director of the West Coast Poverty Center and is an active member of the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology.  She co-leads the national effort on “Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality” for the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare’s Grand Challenges Initiative .

Romich holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and earned a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.