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Kylie Patterson, Senior Policy Manager

Areas of Expertise: Racial Wealth Divide

Kylie Patterson is a Senior Program Manager for the Racial Wealth Divide (RWD) team at CFED. In this role, she works to bridge best practices in program implementation to policy and research solutions, with the goal of decreasing income and wealth disparities in communities of color. Kylie leads program evaluation activities of all RWD projects. She also supports the development of economic education outreach materials and communications efforts for the team.

Prior to joining CFED, Kylie worked as a consultant and engagement manager for BCT Partners, a national, minority-owned consulting firm. There, her portfolio included programmatic and financial assessments of Community Economic Development grantees for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, small business development in New Jersey’s largest cities, program evaluation, philanthropic strategy design and technical assistance. She also worked as the Manager of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP youth employment initiative, as the Strategic Development Coordinator at EMERGE Community Development and as Pew Leadership Fellow for the Pew Center on the States.

Her work has led to the expansion of a high-performing charter school in Trenton, NJ, the publication of three major reports related to pensions and the state's revenue estimating, the annual employment of over 1,200 low-income youth in the City of Minneapolis and the development of more than 250 jobs for low-income individuals nationally.

Ms. Patterson has served on multiple boards, including the Essex County (New Jersey) Workforce Investment Board.

Ms. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Political Science from Temple University and Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow and New Leaders Council Fellow.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Nov 2, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Economic Inequality in New Orleans and Miami

Racial wealth inequality is a major issue in the United States. New Orleans and Miami, two cities long touted as tourists’ paradises, share another similarity–racial wealth inequality.

Jun 21, 2016

How Decades of Housing Policy Left Households of Color Behind—And What We Can Do about It

This week began with a special day: Juneteenth. The celebration commemorates a day 150 years ago when Texas slaves were finally informed of their freedom — two and half years after the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation.

Jun 13, 2016

Is Development Without Displacement Possible?

Development without mass displacement is possible, but it must be done in conjunction with and in support of the local community.

May 17, 2016

New Podcast Episode: Race and Wealth and the Color of Entrepreneurship

In this episode, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Kylie Patterson sit down with Algernon Austin of the Center for Global Policy Solutions

May 11, 2016

It is Important to Have Black Faces on Dollars, but More Important to Get Dollars in Black Hands

Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is a positive, albeit symbolic, step toward acknowledging past wrongs. But it must be accompanied by practical steps forward in addressing today’s injustices.

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