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 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.

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.