Director, Economic Security & Opportunity Initiative

Aileen Carr is Director of the Economic Security & Opportunity Initiative at the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality. She helps lead strategy, development, management, operations and research projects with a particular focus on racial equity.

For more than 20 years, Aileen has advocated for equitable policies and programs for the communities most deeply impacted by poverty, racism, and other forms of injustice. She previously served at the National League of Cities as Manager of Racial Equity where she supported local elected officials as they led racial equity initiatives. She also built out strategies for the new program, designed and led racial equity trainings, and collaborated with NLC staff to integrate racial equity into their initiatives on economic opportunity, immigration, transportation, education, and early childhood. Prior to NLC, Aileen served the Congressional Hunger Center for more than a decade as director of the Emerson Hunger Fellowship, a leadership development program for emerging justice leaders connecting field and policy work on hunger, poverty, and racial justice issues.

Aileen received the 2008 Public Interest Rising Star Award from OMB Watch for outstanding public interest work. She earned an M.P.A from George Mason University and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She received her B.A. in History with honors from Tufts University.

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