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 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, a program analyst for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, and a policy analyst for the National Urban League.
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, as well as a member of its Study Panel on Economic Security; the Center for Global Policy Solutions; The Policy Academies; and Liberation in a Generation. She advises the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative, is a cochair of the National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap, and was a member of the Bipartisan Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. Kijakazi holds a BS from the SUNY, an MSW from Howard University, and a PhD in public policy from the George Washington University.