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MEPC Welcomes New Policy Fellow, Francinia McKeithan

August 30th, 2011


Francinia McKeithan will serve as the 2011-2013 State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI) Policy Fellow with the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC).

The SFAI policy fellowship aims to expand the diversity of voices that speak with authority in state policy debates. Sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, fellows research and write analyses on current policy issues; brief policymakers, journalists, and others on these issues; and serve as a resource for advocates and community groups.

Francinia comes to MEPC after having worked as a Research Associate for the Office of Research Development in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Prior to that time, her work included internships with the South African Council of Churches’ Office of the Parliament and concurrent internships with the Women’s Rights and Education departments of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Her undergraduate studies included a BA in African and African American Studies partnered with a BA in Sociology along with dual certification in Public Service and Social and Economic Justice. After graduation, she enrolled in Graduate School at UNC and received a Master of Public Administration in conjunction with a Master of Social Work and certifications in Nonprofit Leadership and Child Welfare Education. Francinia’s policy and research interests include child welfare, education policy, social and economic justice, and the relationship between education and life outcomes.

We are pleased to have Francinia join our team. She will be focusing on state budget and tax policy and issues affecting low-income families here in Mississippi.


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