Jackie Rutheiser joined as Policy Director of CAC in February 2022. Her background as an expert in foster care rates, child welfare funding, regulations, and the California state budget and legislative process brings valuable knowledge to the organization. Prior to joining CAC, Jackie was a Senior Policy Advocate for 15 years for the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, a statewide advocacy organization representing over 160 accredited private non-profit child welfare agencies.

Jackie is very proud of having been the lead staff person with her previous employer to co-sponsor AB 12, which extended eligibility for foster care up to the age of 21. Ms. Rutheiser also served as co-chair with the California Department of Social Services on the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) Foster Family Agency Workgroup and served as
a principal stakeholder on the statewide Intensive Services Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Rate Setting, Wraparound, Medically Fragile, National Accreditation, and4 Probation Workgroup Committees during the past decade. From 2012-2014, Ms. Rutheiser co-chaired the California Capitol Foster Care Month Capitol event and co-chaired National Adoption Day from 2012-2019, In addition to her policy and advocacy work, Jackie has been involved in numerous community activities including coaching her sons’ soccer team, serving as the high
school hockey team treasurer, the Vice President of Emerson Junior High School, and was a Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for two years. She currently serves as the Board President of a Davis STRTP serving youth who need therapeutic interventions.

Prior to her work in the State Capitol, Jackie was a managing partner in a political research and campaign strategy consulting business and was the Research Director for the National Health Care Campaign for then First Lady Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from U.C. Davis and is currently a candidate for a Child Development Master Teacher Permit.