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

ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Improving the Tax Preparation Experience

This brief focuses on the need for standards for tax preparation as well as price disclosure and transparency.


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Being Unemployed Shouldn’t Make You Unemployable

All Americans deserve a second chance.


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Give the Unemployed a Second Chance

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague wrote an article for CNN on finding work after long periods of unemployment


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Trapped in America's Safety Net

Please join us as we explore the ways that our nation's safety net for disabled and poor individuals and families can lock them in poverty.


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Webinar: If You Build It, Will They Save?

The US’s neighbor to the north has offered a version of a CSA for over 15 years. Will Canada's experience help the US establish our own?


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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.


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Chasing the American Dream

New America's Rachel Black talks with Mark Rank and Tom Hirschl about their new book, Chasing the American Dream.


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Rebalancing the Scales

The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty naturally prompts reflection on how much progress has been made and how to chart a path forward.


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The Assets Budget is Out of Balance

The thing about federal spending is that, while it may be out of balance, it isn’t inevitable.


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New Report: It Still Takes Money to Make Money

Where you’re born and who your parents are defines much of what your life is going to be like.


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Connecting Tax Time to Financial Security

Families that would greatly benefit from increased savings are missed by the current incentives delivered through the tax code.


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I Just Opened My Son's College Savings Account. What Policymakers Should Learn from My Experience.

With some tweaks, 529s could be a platform that supports the college ambitions of all children.