Learning & Development Specialist
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
Jeff Romero “Sparky” – I am the spark that ignites limitless possibilities.
Jeff Romero is a Colorado native, who has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado–Denver and has more than 30 years of unique experience in the child welfare system. This experience is balanced between nonprofit and government sectors. In the non-profit sector, Jeff has directed a high adventure outdoor program, worked in Therapeutic Residential Child Care Facilities, served as a Clinical Consultant to Guardian ad Litems and Managed an Education & Employment training program for Homeless and Runaway youth. As a Government worker, he served older youth (and families) as an Ongoing Caseworker & Chafee Coordinator and is currently with the State of Colorado’s Division of Child Welfare (DCW) Learning & Development Team providing technical support to counties (serving several as County Intermediary), working in partnership with The Kempe Center as part of the Child Welfare Training System (CWTS) in assessing, developing and delivering trainings, serving as Liaison to DCW’s Youth Services team and providing professional level coaching to youth and professionals, including implementation of the Pathways demonstration program where the premise is “Engaging Youth in a Coach like Way” – elevating youth voice through curious, powerful questions.
Jeff is committed to developing and implementing processes that focus on identifying and building upon individual strengths, with a future (goal-oriented) focus. All of Jeff’s work builds upon four core values: Quality Service, Engagement, Documentation, and Staff Development, with an emphasis of guiding and supporting ALL people to identify and pursue Hopes & Dreams.
With a love of food and the outdoors, in his spare time, you can find Jeff behind the grill or enjoying Mother Nature with family and friends.
Areas of Focus:
- Youth Services
- DCW representative to the West RTAC
- Supervisor, caseworker, management, organizational support to counties (TOLs, mentoring, technical assistance, etc.)
- Training, development and technical assistance in collaboration with DCW and CWTS
- Pathways to Success Coach