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

The Rise and Reign of the Welfare Queen

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague write that the "welfare queen" narrative continues to dictate who is "deserving" of support.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Designed to Thrive

The Family-Centered Social Policy initiative believes it is time to step back and re-design the way policy is made from its inception.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Banking While Poor

In a new policy paper released by the Asset Building Program, Aleta Sprague builds on a survey of state policies and practices.


ASSET BUILDING and NEW AMERICA
How Maine is Going to Punish the Poor for Trying to Save Money

Rachel Black, senior policy analyst at New America, was quoted in The Washington Post.


ASSET BUILDING, FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY and NEW AMERICA
A Poor Way of Measuring Poverty

Patricia Hart and Rachel Black's article "A Poor Way of Measuring Poverty" was published in Pacific Standard Magazine.


A Poor Way of Measuring Poverty

Millions of Americans live in poverty. Rachel Black and Patricia Hart argue that we need to rethink what that means.


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Maine Plans to Deny Food Stamps When Applicant’s Assets Top $5,000

Rachel Black, senior policy analyst at New America, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald.


The Soup to Nuts Approach to Financing College

The presidential campaign trail is littered with ideas for making college more affordable. Rachel Black, William Elliott III, and Melinda Le


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From 529s to CSAs

A pioneering model for cultivating college-bound identities and transforming 529s into powerful and progressive CSA's.


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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.


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Going (for) Broke

What does the financial health of Millennials have to do with buying vegetables at the grocery store?


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Going (for) Broke

Millennials are having a tough time financially: they have higher levels of debt and lower levels of employment, income, and savings.