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, where she works with staff to develop collaborative partnerships with organizations and individuals who represent those most affected by the economic and social issues Urban addresses, expand and strengthen Urban’s rigorous research agenda on issues affecting these communities, effectively communicate the findings of Urban’s research to diverse audiences, and recruit and retain more diverse research staff at all levels.

Before joining Urban, Kijakazi was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on building economic security for working families and on incorporating the expertise of people of color into all aspects of the work, including research, policy, and practice. Before that, she was a senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she specialized in Social Security, participated in a White House conference on Social Security, and testified before Congress. She was also a program analyst for the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

Kijakazi's publications include African-American Economic Development and Small Business Ownership. She serves on the boards of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Center for Global Policy Solutions. She is also a commissioner on the Bipartisan Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, and an adviser for the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice.

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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