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Lebaron Sims, Senior Research Manager

Areas of Expertise: Applied Research, Data Analysis, Program Analysis

Lebaron Sims is Senior Research Manager at CFED. As a member of the Applied Research team, Mr. Sims is one of the leads on the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, providing data analysis, visualization and writing support for the initiative. He also provides analysis for CFED’s policy and programs teams, and for the Assets and Opportunity Network. Previously, Mr. Sims was a Research Associate at LISC MetroEdge in Chicago, IL, where he provided technical support, analysis and data visualization for local economic development initiatives in cities across the country. Mr. Sims holds an M.A. in Urban Affairs from Loyola University Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Fresno.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Jun 17, 2016

How Centuries of Discrimination Keep African Americans Out of the Housing Market

Mortgage discrimination, steering, low incomes and myriad other factors prevent African Americans from building as much wealth through homeownership as white households.

May 4, 2016

Hey Look! We Made the Local Data Center Even More Awesome.

New graphics and resources make it easier than ever to access, compare and share data on the financial well-being of communities across the country.

Apr 22, 2016

Using Data to Diagnose the Credit Health of America’s Communities

We know that too many modern American households are locked out of the financial mainstream, unable to access affordable products and services to manage their financial lives.

Jan 25, 2016

Despite Recovery, Prosperity Remains Out of Reach for Millions of American Families

The findings of the 2016 Scorecard reveal that even though many economists agree that the U.S. economy has rebounded from the Great Recession, that recovery hasn't meant a return to the financial stability that many households once enjoyed.

Oct 8, 2015

Does the Social Safety Net Work?

Once again, the income and poverty numbers are flat. But there is a silver lining: the social safety net is helping to ensure the well-being of American families.

Jan 29, 2015

New Scorecard Data Shows Economic Recovery Bypassing Million of American Households

This morning marks the official release of its 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, which looks at 135 different measures to paint a picture

Mar 25, 2014

2014 Scorecard Deep Dive: Education

This January, CFED released the 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, a comprehensive evaluation of the relative financial security of the American public.

Mar 18, 2014

2014 Scorecard Deep Dive: Health Care

This January, CFED released the 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, a comprehensive evaluation of the relative financial security

Mar 11, 2014

2014 Scorecard Deep Dive: Housing & Homeownership

This January, CFED released the 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, a comprehensive evaluation of the relative financial security of the American public

Mar 4, 2014

2014 Scorecard Deep Dive: Businesses & Jobs

Last month, CFED released the 2014 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, a comprehensive evaluation of the relative financial security of

Feb 18, 2014

2014 Scorecard Deep Dive: Financial Assets & Income

This series takes a closer look at some of the outcome trends within each of the Scorecard’s five issue areas.

Feb 11, 2014

“We All We Got”: Race in the 2014 Scorecard

As has been well-documented, the recession hammered the nation’s minority and White households alike. The recovery, however, hasn’t been nearly as color-blind.

Jan 30, 2014

Treading Water in the Deep End: CFED’s 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Reading the news, it would be easy to conclude that the economy is chugging along toward full recovery.

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