Kilolo Kijakazi

Kilolo Kijakazi

Institute Fellow
Director, Integrated Financial Coaching Project

Since coming to Urban I have been impressed with the organization’s commitment to ensure that our staffing, the work we produce, and our dissemination strategies reflect the diverse make-up of the country. This comprehensive approach intends to produce work that will attract a growing audience of people of color, women, and people outside Washington, DC, and to yield sound evidence upon which decisionmakers can base equitable policies that lead to economic and social mobility among communities that have been left behind.


Kilolo Kijakazi is an Institute fellow at the Urban Institute. She works with staff across Urban to develop collaborative partnerships with those most affected by economic and social issues, to expand and strengthen Urban’s agenda of rigorous research, to effectively communicate findings to diverse audiences, and to recruit and retain a diverse research staff at all levels. Kijakazi also conducts research on economic security, structural racism, and the racial wealth gap.

Previously, Kijakazi was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on building economic security for working families and incorporating the expertise of people of color into all aspects of the work. She was a senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She also was a program analyst for the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and a policy analyst for the National Urban League, Washington Operations, where she focused on welfare reform.

Kijakazi’s publications include African-American Economic Development and Small Business Ownership. She is a board member of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, The Policy Academies, and Liberation in a Generation. She is an adviser for the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative and was a member of the Bipartisan Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. Kijakazi holds a BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MSW from Howard University, and a PhD in public policy from the George Washington University.


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