Rachel Black

Co-Director, Family-Centered Social Policy

Rachel Black is a Co-Director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this role, she provides strategic direction, research, and analysis supporting the program's work to create a more equitable, inclusive, and cohesive set of social policies that put families at the center of policy discourse and policy design. Her areas of expertise span multiple aspects of social policy, including public assistance programs, wealth, and financial security, and the federal tax code. Her work has been cited by or published in multiple outlets, including the Atlantic, Washington Post, Time, and Fortune. Her op-ed "Give the Unemployed a Second Chance" was featured on CNN.com as one of New America's 10 Big Ideas of 2015. 

Previously, Black was a policy analyst in the Government Relations department of the national grassroots anti-hunger organization Bread for the World. In this capacity, she helped shape the organization’s domestic policy agenda and contributed to its legislative advocacy around issues ranging from reform of farm commodity programs during the 2008 Farm Bill reauthorization to improvement in the country’s social safety net in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Black holds a BS in history, technology, and society from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

All Work

FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Becoming Visible

We reveal how policies created through racial exclusion are maintained, and to reject reform efforts that merely tinker with the system.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Deadbeat Democrats

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in the New Republic


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It ‘Welfare’

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in Talking Points Memo


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Media Narrative Around Families Is Racist and Homophobic. It Needs to Stop.

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in TalkPoverty


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Where's the Empathy for Black Poverty and Pain?

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague's piece on the 'welfare queen' was cited in a CNN article on poverty in the Black community


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Ten of Trump's Budget's Cruelest Cuts

Rachel Black wrote for CNN about the worst cuts in Trump's "skinny budget."


Involve the People in Policy Making

We need to replace our separate and unequal system with one that embeds the ideals of inclusion and equity directly into our policies.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Centering the Margins

Social policy is supposed to promote equality. Read our proposal on how to listen and respond to meet that goal.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY and NEW AMERICA CA
Elevating all families in the time of Trump

Join us for a conversation that will illuminate the ways we can create a democracy that is truly of, by and for all people, and families.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Myth of the 'Welfare Queen'

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague spoke on NHPR's Word of Mouth about the myth of the 'Welfare Queen'


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The 'Welfare Queen' Is a Lie

Rachel Black spoke on Solomon Jones's morning radio show, Wake Up With WURD, to discuss the myth of the welfare queen


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Inclusion by Design

This paper will explore the historical factors and racial stereotypes that have shaped U.S. welfare policy and evaluate alternative models.