Ida Drury

"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. "

Gloria Steinem

Principal Investigator

Ida Drury, PhD, MSW, has close to twenty years of experience in the human services field, most of which has been in a public child welfare setting. She has been a part of the Kempe team since 2015, where she has served multiple consulting and research projects including the Child Welfare Training System, the Capacity Building Center for States, and the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development. Prior to joining the Kempe Center, Ida was a research and data analyst for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Before that, she guided Colorado child welfare funding as the CAPTA administrator. She had the unique opportunity in 2009 to serve as project director for the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response, where she led a five-county research and implementation project to create and evaluate a Differential Response system in Colorado that continues today. Her early career was on the front line in Minnesota as a child welfare caseworker.

Ida received her bachelor of arts and social work at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She earned her master of social work at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver in 2019.