Erin Currier

Erin Currier

  • Director
  • Financial Security and Mobility and Student Loans,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Erin Currier directs Pew’s family financial security and mobility project, and its student borrower success project. The financial security program conducts original research to assess balance sheets and their effect on economic mobility across diverse U.S. households, while the student loan project promotes successful repayment of student loans, especially among borrowers at greatest risk for delinquency and default. As the lead on Pew’s ongoing exploration of the status of family finances, Currier oversees a comprehensive research agenda to help inform policymakers and the public.

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 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, managing the organization’s federal advocacy efforts.

She 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.

Recent Work

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  • Pew: Fewer Families That Rent Becoming Homeowners Than in 2001

    A new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, “American Families Face a Growing Rent Burden: High Housing Costs Threaten Financial Security and Put Homeownership Out of Reach for Many,” shows that in the aftermath of the 2007-09 Great Recession, more households are “rent burdened”—that is, spending more than 30 percent of their pretax income on housing—than before... Read More

  • American Families Face a Growing Rent Burden

    Nearly 43 million U.S. households rented their homes in 2016, including about 9 million households that wereformed over the preceding decade, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Demand forrental properties has increased across age and socio-economic groups since 2008. Recent research indicatesthat although some of those increases can be explained by population shifts, a... Read More

  • Potential Solutions to the Student Debt Challenge? Yes, but More Data Needed

    No one who has recently attended college, or is a parent of someone who has, needs to be told that student loan debt is a fact of life for many these days. But for some former students—whether at major universities, community colleges, or another type of post-secondary institution—repaying loans can be a life-altering struggle. More than 40 million Americans hold student loans, and... Read More

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