Associate Director
Cara Brumfield is an Associate Director at the Economic Security & Opportunity Initiative at the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality. Cara leads research and policy development projects on issues related to jobs, education, and democracy. She has led projects and co-authored publications on postsecondary education in prison, block grants, paid family and medical leave policies, and health and human service programs. She also conducts research and technical assistance to ensure a fair and accurate count of marginalized communities in the decennial census.

Previously, Cara was the U.S. Policy and Research Manager at 1,000 Days where she managed national research and advocacy efforts. She co-authored a report on poor nutrition among women, infants, and young children in the United States and led qualitative research among low-income mothers to understand their attitudes, beliefs, and barriers to improved nutrition. Cara has also worked at the Housing Assistance Council, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Prosperity Now, and the Poverty and Race Research Action Council on affordable housing, rural development, workplace policies, health, employment, and gentrification. Cara has deep experience applying a racial equity lens to a broad array of economic security issues.

Cara completed her Master of Public Policy degree at American University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Inequality and Identity from Lafayette College. She is also a former Congressional Hunger Center Emerson National Hunger Fellow, PPIA Fellow, a Posse Scholar, and a proud graduate of Head Start.

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