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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In a series of three issue briefs to be released over the coming weeks, Pew shows the extent to which households are financially vulnerable when faced with a financial shock. The briefs provide insight into the financial risks that Americans face and the impact of shocks on family balance sheets; households’ level of preparation to address emergency needs; and the implications of... Read More
The Role of Emergency Savings in Family Financial Security: How Do Families Cope With Financial Shocks?
Most households have a set of relatively fixed expenses that they expect to pay each month, and a financial shock—such as a car repair or a loss of income from fluctuating work hours or a pay cut—can make meeting those obligations much more difficult. Over the course of a year, households of all types are likely to experience such shocks, which affect every aspect of family balance... Read More
A report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that Americans’ debt has increased over the past three decades, due particularly to home mortgages and student loans, with important implications for long-term economic mobility. A full 80 percent of Americans hold at least some form of debt, and nearly 7 in 10 say debt is a necessity in their lives, even though they would prefer... Read More