Executive Director

The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality is among the largest of the 22 research and policy centers and institutes at Georgetown Law. The Center’s work is rooted in the belief that real progress toward economic and racial justice requires transformative policies that address the root causes of poverty and combat structural racism. GCPI prioritizes collaboration, joining forces with researchers, academics, advocates, organizers, communities, philanthropy, and policymakers, who influence the Center’s policy priorities, help shape our policy ideas, and find ways to make big ideas actionable. The Center is committed to advancing ideas backed by evidence and data rooted in the lived experiences of people affected by poverty.


Key wins influenced by GCPI’s work include:

  • Expanded and strengthened pandemic unemployment assistance.
  • Creation of the periodic payment structure of the advanced, expanded, monthly Child Tax Credit.
  • Expanded college financial aid for people in prison.
  • Emergency funding distributed to childcare providers.
  • The establishment of progressive paid leave policies for families in Travis County, Texas.
  • Secured funding for various neighborhoods and cities in the wake of the deeply flawed 2020 Census.


In addition to the external policy development focus of GCPI’s work, The Center is an integral part of the Georgetown Law community, including through its ongoing engagement of Georgetown law students and deepening relationships with faculty. The incoming Executive Director will have an opportunity to continue to evolve this relationship and identify areas ripe for deeper collaboration.



The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) at Georgetown Law is seeking nominations and applications for its next Executive Director. Founded in 2008 by Faculty Director Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, the Center’s mission is to alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion in the United States through research, analysis, and ambitious policy ideas.


The next Executive Director will be a policy expert possessing a longstanding commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice and will have a unique opportunity to advance the Center’s work and support smart growth. With a staff that includes 11 full-time professionals and 10 part-time student research assistants and an FY23 budget of approximately $2M, the Center is poised for staff growth, greater external visibility, and greater policy impact supported by increased fundraising. The Center is located in Washington, D.C., on the Georgetown Law campus and currently operates with a hybrid work environment that allows the Executive Director to work remotely 2-3 days a week. The next Executive Director will join a nationally recognized center with strong sector relationships and deep credibility in economic justice and public policy.



$180,000 – $196,873



Click here for more information or to apply. More information about GCPI may be found at: www.georgetownpoverty.org.


This search is being led by Julian Jackson, Alejandra Villa, and Eva Rosenberg of the national consulting firm, NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.


Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-08-07 10:37:16 -0400