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

ASSET BUILDING
Big Ideas to Help Kids?

We need a CSA policy that will provide the right set of incentives, institutions and vehicles to support saving.


ASSET BUILDING, BETTER LIFE LAB, EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Families and the Future of Social Policy

Join us for an extended discussion of key social policy provisions in the President’s 2016 Budget.


ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
Millenials Rising

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


ASSET BUILDING
The Asset Building Program Has a New Website!

ASSET BUILDING
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.


ASSET BUILDING
Will GAO Examine Savings Bond Policy?

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


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
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.