Gretchen J. Russo has spent over 19 years working in the child welfare and juvenile justice field. Currently, she serves as the Judicial and Legislative Administrator for the Office of Children, Youth and Families at the Colorado Department of Human Services and is an appointed member of the Juvenile Parole Board. Prior to her current position, she was the Permanency Manager for Division of Child Welfare and the Colorado Department of Human Services for just over two years where she oversaw a number of programs including Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Care, Recruitment and Retention, Residential Care and Permanency programs. Gretchen spent over 7 years as a liaison between the Denver Juvenile Court and the Denver Department of Human Services, where she facilitated communication and collaboration between the systems, by helping to develop new policies and procedures. As the liaison, Gretchen works closely with judicial officers, department administrators, juvenile justice stakeholders and the community to identify strategies to improve the outcomes for Denver’s children and families. Gretchen graduated from Gonzaga Law School, in Spokane, Washington in 2004; prior to attending law school, she worked as a nurse case manager for foster children in Utah. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and Psychology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.