BIO

Brakeyshia R. Samms is an, "Unapologetic Fiscal Policy Wonk," interested in discovering the ways in which fiscal policies can help everyone thrive in today’s economy. She is building a research and career portfolio around fiscal policy, housing policy, race and public policy, and the intersection of law and public economics.

Currently based in Washington, DC, she works at a nonprofit research organization, where she researches the intersection of federal and state fiscal policy in the areas of higher education and natural disasters. Before working there, she spent two years in Austin, TX, as a State Policy Fellow with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ post-graduate fellowship program. At CPPP, she conducted research, published reports, and presented legislative testimony on Texas budget and tax policies. In addition, she was the lead organizer for Texas Forward, a coalition of over 70 organizations that advocated for fair budget and tax policies in Texas.

She has held internships with the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the City of Fairfax, VA, and the United States Department of Justice. She was a Fall 2011 Bill Archer Fellow and a 2016 New Leaders Council - Austin Fellow. She has written for The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin American-Statesman.

She earned her Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University in May 2014 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History from The University of Texas at Tyler in May 2012. She is a proud native of Carrollton, TX.

*All opinions on my website do not reflect the opinions of my employer and other affiliations.*