Margaret C. Simms
Economist; Public policy specialist; Research institution administrator; Educator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy
Dr. Margaret C. Simms is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. At the Urban Institute. Between 2007 and 2018 she directed the Low-Income Working Families project, tracking and analyzing the lives of families below the federal poverty line by observing the causes that led to poverty and researching ways to improve their situation. Formerly, Simms was the Vice President for Governance and Economic Analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, where she oversaw all programs, including research and international affairs and was an expert on minority business development. She has also held previous positions at the Urban Institute, Atlanta University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Simms serves on the boards of the National Academy for Social Insurance and Partners for Democratic Change. Some of her publications include Job Creation: Prospects and Strategies (edited with W. Leigh), Slipping Through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women (edited with J. Malveaux), and The Economics of Race and Crime (edited with S. Myers, Jr.).