Margaret Simms
Published August 27, 2015
Updated April 10, 2021

Margaret Simms is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute. Previously, she was the Institute’s director of the Low-Income Working Families project. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans.

Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association.

Expertise: Low-income families (with an emphasis on employment and asset building), poverty, income and wealth disparities, wage equality

Location: Washington, D.C.


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