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Solana Rice, Director, State & Local Policy

Areas of Expertise: Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, Local Policy, State Policy

Solana Rice is Director for State & Local Policy at CFED. With over a decade of focus on building wealth and financial security for low-income families, she leads a team to create and advance effective state and local policies. The team is dedicated to building strong advocacy partnerships with organizations in the field and identifying policies that can address racial inequalities.

Solana supports the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, a state-by-state assessment of how families are faring and the strength of state policies. She has also led several initiatives at CFED that use data to inform and compel new partnerships that in turn spark policy changes to improve financial capability for families.

Prior to joining CFED, Solana served as a director for financial security initiatives at PolicyLink. Solana has a Master's in City Planning from MIT, where she researched the integration of IDAs into community development services. She holds a B.A. in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Nov 17, 2016

Bright Spots for Financial Security in the Election Results

We’re taking note of some wins in states and cities in the hopes that they will deliver more financial stability and security to low- and moderate-income families in the coming years.

Oct 6, 2016

Back By Popular Demand: Guides for Advancing State & Local Policy

Though you don’t always hear it, change doesn’t have to be daunting.

May 5, 2016

As Family Assets Count Draws to a Close, Municipal Advocates Have Much to Celebrate

In 2014, we launched Family Assets Count in partnership with Citi Community Development. The goal of this project was to influence local policymakers to invest in financial security strategies, build relationships with funders, and raise public awareness about financial insecurity.

May 3, 2016

Lessons from Family Assets Count for Using Data to Promote Financial Security in Your City

Our work bringing financial security data to light in 10 cities has revealed some important lessons about the power of data to bring people together to make change happen.

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.

Jan 7, 2016

Charting a Hopeful Path: Launching the African-American Financial Capability Initiative

The Northwest Area Foundation is investing $1.2 million to support six communities of practice—cohorts of organizations with a history of working together to address issues facing African-American communities.

Apr 23, 2015

Assets & Opportunity Network TA: Supporting Communications Capacity at Alameda County Community Asset Network

Helping our Assets & Opportunity Network partners navigate the ever-changing world of communications tools is critical to growing the movement.

Mar 16, 2015

Family Assets Count: Powering Municipal Action with Data

Recently, Sacramento Mayor and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Kevin Johnson announced a commitment to addressing income inequality, and took the first step of establishing a local advisory taskforce.

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