BIO

Brakeyshia R. Samms is an, "Unapologetic Fiscal Policy Wonk," who wants to understand intergovernmental budget and tax policy theory, as it relates to social welfare and housing policy. The main theme she plans to investigate is the effect of these policies on poverty and inequality in the United States. 

Currently based in Washington, D.C., she works at a nonprofit research organization, where she researches the intersection of federal and state budget and tax policy. Beginning in Fall 2019, she will be a part-time student in the M.A. in Applied Economics program at The George Washington University, where she earned the Walter L. Green Endowment Fellowship.

Before working in D.C., 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. Thank you for reading.

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