The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Helping vulnerable kids & families succeed


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Teresa Markowitz

Teresa Markowitz
Vice President, Center for Systems Innovation

Teresa Markowitz leads the Foundation’s work of improving outcomes for children in the country’s most fragile families. The focus of the Center for Systems Innovation is to promote improvements in public systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice, develop effective practices that strengthen families and bring evidence-based interventions and data-based proven programs to large scale.

Markowitz’s relationship with the Foundation began in 2001 when she was selected for the Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship. After the fellowship, she stayed to serve as a special assistant to the president, eventually becoming chief of staff, with the title of vice president added in 2011. She is currently a board member of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and of KVC Health Systems based in Olathe, Kansas. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Markowitz was commissioner for children and family services for Kansas, where she helped lead a child welfare system reform effort that changed the way services were delivered and tracked for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and families. She has worked extensively in juvenile justice and in the mental health field, including managing and operating psychiatric facilities. She received a master of social work degree from the University of Kansas. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in Kansas and in 2011 was awarded its Distinguished Alumni Award.

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