Justin King is Policy Director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this position, he works to develop and advance innovative public policies that expand economic opportunity by better supporting the financial needs and desires of striving Americans. Previously, he served as the policy director for the Asset Building program at New America and has more than 10 years of experience developing policy, managing partnerships and overseeing public communication and education at New America. He has experience working directly with New America’s Education program, Better Life Lab, and Asset Building program, which affords him a unique perspective into FCSP’s multidisciplinary approach.
Prior to joining New America, King spent over six years as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator James Jeffords (I-VT). Over the course of his work in Senator Jeffords' office, he worked extensively on both the Senate Finance and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees. He was responsible for a wide range of issues affecting children and low-income Americans, including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant, welfare reform, child welfare, adoption, foster care, disability rights, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. King participated in the House/Senate conferences that produced the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
His writing and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, Vox, Pacific Standard, and Washington Monthly. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in government.