Associate Director

Cara Brumfield was an Associate Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative. Cara led research and policy development projects related to the decennial census, federal data equity, human services, and corporate market power. Cara is a co-chair of the Census Quality Reinforcement Task Force.

Previously, Cara was a Senior Policy Analyst at ESOI. Prior to joining ESOI, Cara was the U.S. Policy and Research Manager at 1,000 Days where she managed research and advocacy efforts. Cara has also worked at 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 was awarded the Congressional Hunger Center Alumni Leadership Award (2018) and currently serves on the Advisory Board for The Platform of Hope. She has been quoted or had her work highlighted in a range of outlets, including NPR, CQ Roll Call, the New York Times, the Black News Channel, and Mother Jones.

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, Posse Scholar, and a proud graduate of Head Start.

Cara has deep experience applying a racial equity lens to a broad array of economic security issues and has a deep understanding of the systems, policies, and programs that create and alleviate poverty—based on her lived experiences. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Cara lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her partner and their two cats.