Our Mission

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) works to alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion for everyone in the U.S. through rigorous research, analysis, and ambitious policy ideas.

Our Work

Our team develops and advances forward-thinking policy ideas applicable to today’s most pressing problems facing people of color and people with low incomes. Our ideas—which are backed by rigorous research and analysis and rooted in the lived experiences of people affected by poverty, racism, and sexism—focus on the following areas:

  • Ensuring a more inclusive economy through education, training, and good jobs;
  • Strengthening our system of economic protection through public benefits and taxes;
  • Improving well-being through innovative strategies for the delivery of health, human, and employment services; and
  • Protecting and advancing inclusive and equitable democratic institutions, especially the federal statistical system and the U.S. census.

Our Approach

Achieving economic security and reducing inequality from its current extremes requires a clear focus on advancing racial justice. Our mission, vision, strategies, and practices are organized around that conviction. We value lived experience at the intersections of racism and poverty as expertise essential for informing effective policy research and idea development, and we prioritize integrating it into our work.

We develop policy ideas by blending quantitative data with our holistic, cross-cutting policy expertise that allows us to see the connections between ideas and opportunities for impact.

We act as a bridge between the worlds of research and policy, fostering innovative and research-based strategies to improve the lives of everyone in the U.S. We are a trusted partner of researchers, advocates, organizers, philanthropists, and policymakers across policy silos and issue areas, working in collaboration to build economic security, reduce inequality, and advance racial and gender equity.



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