Jennie Romich is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and faculty director of the West Coast Poverty Center. She studies resources and economic well-being in families with a particular 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 a mixed-method study and evaluation of the Seattle $15 minimum wage. Her research has garnered national media and policy citations, and she regularly briefs state and local elected officials on social policy implications of her work. Dr. Romich co-leads the national effort on “Ending Economic Inequality” for the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare’s Grand Challenges Initiative. At the School of Social Work, she helped develop and serves as the faculty lead for the concentration in administration and policy practice. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and earned a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.