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

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Whither Payday Loans?

Each year, 12 million Americans borrow nearly $50 billion through payday loans and spend more than $7 billion annually paying the interest.


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Leveraging Tax Time To Build Financial Capability

We bring together leaders from philanthropy, government, and policy to discuss tax time as a catalyst for household financial capability.


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Best of Assets 2015

Best of Assets 2015 showcases the Asset Building Program's favorite moments over the past year.


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The Color of Debt

ProPublica spent a year investigating debt collection. They found that collection judgements are concentrated in black neighborhoods.


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myRA Goes National

MyRA is a free, safe, simple and easily accessible savings option that is branded as retirement savings account, but in reality could help m


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Breakfast Sandwiches and Inequality

Justin King sat down with Rebecca Vallas of Talk Poverty to discuss Maine’s decision set asset limits for SNAP benefits eligibility.


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A 21st Century EITC

Please join us and a panel of experts as we explore ways to reimagine the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the 21st century.


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Addressing the Challenge of Account Dormancy in Youth Savings Initiatives

This paper discusses a framework for understanding the challenge of account dormancy in large-scale, account-based initiatives.


ASSET BUILDING and EDUCATION POLICY
The Real College Debt Crisis

Once seen as the Great Equalizer, the value of higher education in the era of soaring college debt has come into serious question.


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Why Marco Rubio Should Embrace His Money Issues and ‘Feel Your Pain’

Justin King, policy director for New America's Asset Building Program, was quoted in the Washington Post.


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Flexible Savings

The lack of flexible savings is a problem not only for lower-income families, but affects households at nearly all levels of income.


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Retirement Security Federalism

Americans believe that a retirement crisis is facing the nation with nearly three-quarters of Americans worry about their own.