Margaret Simms

Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.

Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.

Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Margaret Simms

Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute at the Urban Institute

Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Email: msimms@urban.org
Phone: (202) 261-5709 (Media Relations)

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