Justin King

Policy Director, Family-Centered Social Policy

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 broadening asset ownership. Previously, he served as the Asset Building program’s federal policy liaison. He works closely with the leadership of New America to devise and advance innovative policy efforts and communications strategies in all areas of assets and savings policy. He is responsible for connecting with the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus, which was launched with the support of New America in February 2005.


Prior to joining the Asset Building Program, King served as deputy director of the Workforce and Family program at New America, where he lead the effort to increase the visibility and popularize the use of the Child Well-Being Index, America's foremost long-term, aggregate measure of child welfare. King also was senior policy analyst for the Education Policy program at New America. In that capacity, he focused on efforts to create a coordinated system of high-quality early education available to all children, beginning at age three. He authored several policy briefs and served as a regular contributor to www.higheredwatch.org, the Education Policy program's higher education blog, and assisted in the development of the Federal Education Budget Project website.


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 policy, 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. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in government.

All Work

Smoke and Mirrors in Education Savings

Republicans aren't ending private school subsidies. They're supercharging them.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
House Republican Tax Plan Combines Coverdell Education Savings Accounts and 529 College Savings Accounts

The House Republican plan for altering the tax system includes a proposal to combine Coverdell accounts and 529 accounts.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Treasury Department's Decision to Close Down the myRA Program

Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it is phasing out the myRA program and will not be accepting new enrollments.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
How do you save for retirement as a freelancer?

Justin King was quoted in CBS MoneyWatch on how to save for a retirement as a freelancer


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY and NEW AMERICA NYC
The Financial Diaries

The American Dream has all but become the American Myth.


No Rest (or Retirement Savings) for the Weary

Congress has acted to prevent retirement savings accounts from being extended to workers at small businesses. What happens now?


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Republicans learn to love a regulation

Justin King was quoted in Politico on the GOP's move to repeal Obama-era secure choice regulations


Why Is Congress Undermining Retirement Security for Millions of Americans?

Helping Americans save for retirement doesn't sound like a very divisive issue, but that's exactly what House Republicans have made it.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Assault on Food Stamps is Misguided

Justin King and Aleta Sprague wrote for the Washington Monthly about the recent assault on SNAP programs.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Why Bernie Sanders’ Brainstorm Shouldn’t Die

Justin King was quoted in Bill Moyers about Bernie Sanders' idea about using postal banking as a payday lending alternative


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Inclusion by Default

Please join us as we discuss moving past the two-tiered financial system and the next steps toward achieving an inclusive financial system.


ASSET BUILDING
The Index Card

A conversation with Helaine Olen about The Index Card, the role of rules of thumb, and the future of personal financial education.