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. Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute, The Urban Institute
Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities
Melissa Bradley is a nonresident senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, and the founder and managing director of New Capitalist, an organization that leverages “human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities.”
Before starting New Capitalist, Bradley served as the CEO of the investment consulting organization the Tides Foundation, bringing together partners and donors. Her expertise in socially responsible investing comes from years of consulting organizations such as the Center for American Progress, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Family Economic Security and Civic Engagement and Green for All.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
Areas of Expertise: Investment, Wealth Disparities, Micro-enterprise, Workforce Development, Economic and Environmental Sustainability