Rachel Harmon is a State Policy Fellow for Hope Policy Institute (HOPE), through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). As a Policy Fellow, Rachel primarily focuses on the relationship between racial and economic inequity through research on the racial wealth gap and persistent poverty. Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and earned a master’s degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (EBSIPE) from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her graduate research focused on TANF’s impact on the economic security of low-income, African American families.
Prior to working at HOPE, Rachel worked in a variety of organizing and research capacities around issues of education, equitable economic development, mass incarceration, and racial inequity.