Jess Lewis, MPA, EdS (they/them), serves as the Director of Adolescent Programs for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
Jess joined DCYF in July 2019 as the Director of Adolescent Programs – the first fully integrated division within DCYF to develop a service array for youth and young adults, regardless of where they engage our systems.
Prior to joining DCYF, Jess spent the majority of their career in direct services working for private nonprofits serving youth and young adults. They also spent more than nine years at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction building initiatives to improve the statewide implementation of several programs, including Homeless Education, Foster Care Education, Equity and Civil Rights and K-12 Discipline.
Jess is passionate about education, employment, housing, adolescent health and well-being, systems access and equity in Washington State – particularly for youth and young adults of color and/or youth who identify as LGBTQ+. Jess brings a strong commitment to innovation in support of healthy youth development.