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.

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How to Make 529 Plans Attractive to Lower-Income Families

Justin King, policy director for New America's Asset Building Program, was quoted in Main St.

How to Improve Tax Prep for Working Americans

Some states and cities are stepping up with regulation to try and fix the problem, but federal action is needed to create a baseline.

What Can We Learn from Obama’s Failure to Curb Sec. 529 College Savings Accounts?

Justin King, policy director for New America's Asset Building Program, was quoted in an article for Tax Policy Center.

Don’t Tax College Savings Yet

President Obama is right that 529 accounts benefit the wealthy. But they could become an important tool for the middle class.

What You Should Know About the ABLE Act

For many Americans living with disabilities, it has been a good week: now that the Senate passed the ABLE Act.

Millenials Rising

A symposium on the unique set of challenges facing the Millennial generation.

The Asset Building Program Has a New Website!

Do You Have Emergency Savings to Get You Through a Crisis?

Half of Americans have no retirement assets, and those who do often neglect their rainy-day fund in favor of longer-term goals.

Will GAO Examine Savings Bond Policy?

The Treasury Department's decision to eliminate retail sales of paper bonds causes issues for some Americans.

Children's Savings Accounts

Research and experience in the field consistently supports the thesis that CSA's can help the next generation achieve the American Dream.

Children's Savings: How Far We've Come

An introduction to Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs).

Bringing College Savings Within Reach?

Representative Matt Cartwright announced a plan to introduce a bill to exempt CSAs from consideration in most public benefit programs.