Joanna Ain, Senior Policy Manager
Areas of Expertise: Federal Policy, Financial Inclusion, Housing
Joanna Ain is a Senior Policy Manager on the Government Affairs team at CFED. In this role, she focuses on issues around financial integration, financial security in the workplace and entrepreneurship.
Joanna comes to CFED after six years at Housing Corporation of Arlington, a nonprofit community development corporation in Arlington, Massachusetts. There, Joanna implemented Arlington’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program with federal stimulus money and managed the organization’s fundraising, marketing and policy work. Joanna was also the co-chair of both Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations’ Policy Committee and Somerville-Arlington Homeless Providers.
Joanna began her post-college career at Jewish National Fund, working in their Boston office to raise funds for infrastructure development in Israel. Beginning at the same time, Joanna taught American Jewish history for five years at Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Joanna holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University.
Follow Joanna on Twitter!
Most Recent Blog Posts
Mar 21, 2017
We know that the EITC improves economic outcomes for workers and educational outcomes for children. Now is the time to protect and expand this critical program.
Mar 16, 2017
President Trump released his “skinny budget” earlier today – a document that is both a broad outline of his priorities and a troubling budget forecast for low- and moderate-income families trying to get ahead.
Nov 1, 2016
Many low-income families are impacted negatively by several social determinants that affect their health. The relationship between finances and health is explored in our new integration brief, “Integrating Financial Capability Services into Community Health Centers.”
Sep 14, 2016
How can government agencies make it easier for programs to implement proven and effective strategies? Based on our work over the past several years, here are our recommendations on key steps government agencies can take today!
Aug 22, 2016
From interviews with young workers across the country, we are seeking answers to eight questions.
Aug 15, 2016
After more than three years of work supported by the Asset Initiative Partnership, here’s what we know.
Aug 11, 2016
This story illustrates the importance of financial health and how personal health and a support network can help it.
Aug 3, 2016
Steven L. Dawson’s call for a “better jobs strategy” means giving workers the opportunity to build financial stability.
Jul 6, 2016
For one college student in Portland, Oregon, balancing work and school is a constant balancing act.
May 31, 2016
With FLEC’s focus on “Starting Early for Financial Success,” we discussed several exciting advances in the past five years on work directed towards youth and young adults.
May 12, 2016
The federal Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) offers a platform for connecting potentially millions of households to financial capability services.
May 4, 2016
Right now, many soon-to-be high school graduates are finalizing college picks and deciding on financial aid packages, making their first major financial decisions.
Apr 13, 2016
Yesterday, the Department of Education announced that they will notify 387,000 individuals with disabilities of a life-changing option: federal student loan forgiveness through the totally and permanently disabled (TPD) discharge program.
Apr 4, 2016
Today is National Employee Benefits Day. These programs offer the promise of strengthening workers' financial capability, but we still need more research.