Erin Currier directs projects on family financial security and mobility at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project conducts original research to assess differences in family balance sheets across diverse U.S. households and the degree to which Americans’ short-term economic security relates to their longer-term economic mobility.
As the lead on Pew’s ongoing exploration of the health and status of family finances, Currier works with top experts in the field, oversees the project team on its comprehensive research agenda, and ensures their work is understandable to a variety of audiences, including policy makers and the public. She has testified before state legislatures and Congress, spoken about financial security and mobility at conferences across the country, and was recently included in National Journal’s list of the 25 most influential Washington women under 35.
Currier previously oversaw Pew’s economic mobility project, working to build broad and nonpartisan agreement on the facts and figures related to mobility and to encourage an active debate on how best to improve opportunity in America. Before coming to Pew, she served as the acting CEO at Women Work! The National Network for Women’s Employment. In this role, she oversaw the organization’s federal advocacy efforts to promote economic security for women and families and coordinated all programmatic work among a national network of service providers. Currier spearheaded Women Work’s sectoral training project that provided technical implementation assistance to the providers and participated in the Aspen Institute’s Sector Skills Academy Fellowship.
Currier has a master’s degree in Public Policy and women’s studies from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from the University of Michigan.
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The balance sheets of American households are showing modest improvement, as are people’s attitudes about their financial health. The Census Bureau found that the median household income increased by 5.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, with gains across all income levels. Further, more Americans report feeling financially secure, and fewer say they are unprepared for the unexpected. Read More
In this inaugural episode, host Dan LeDuc interviews Erin Currier, director of Pew’s financial security and mobility project, on the state of the American Dream and the financial well-being of American families. The conversation focuses on “data point 92”—the percentage of American families that are seeking financial security rather than economic mobility. Read More
States and the federal government coordinate to provide assistance to economically vulnerable households through a range of programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Read More