Theodora Ooms, MSW, is a senior consultant to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) and to Public Strategies, Inc. At the NHMRC she has responsibility for planning outreach to policymakers, writing summaries of research, and organizing conferences and other activities that advance the field.
From 1999-2007 she was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), where she worked on couples and marriage policy, with a special focus on low-income families, and twice testified before the U.S. Congress. Between 1981 and 1999 she was the executive director of the Family Impact Seminar (FIS), a nonpartisan policy research institute based in Washington, DC. Prior to 1976, Ooms worked as a clinical social worker, family therapist, and program administrator in New Haven and Philadelphia.
Ms. Ooms has conducted studies on teenage pregnancy and parenthood, unwed fathers, family involvement in schools, and couples and marriage. She has edited two books and authored numerous publications, including the background briefing reports that accompanied the highly regarded series of 44 family policy seminars that FIS held on Capitol Hill from 1988-1998. In 1998 Ooms launched a new program of activities designed to identify strategies to strengthen marriage and held a national roundtable meeting on this topic. Since 1999, as an independent consultant ,Ms. Ooms has provided technical assistance to community and state marriage initiatives in Greater Grand Rapids, Baltimore, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.