Dr. Algernon Austin is a Senior Research Fellow at Global Policy Solutions. Previously, he directed the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE). As the first director of PREE, Algernon built the program over six years into a nationally-recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color.
Prior to joining the Economic Policy Institute, Algernon was a senior fellow at the Demos think tank and assistant director of research at the Foundation Center. From 2001 to 2005, he served on the faculty of Wesleyan University.
Algernon’s latest book is America Is Not Post-Racial: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, and the 44th President. America Is Not Post-Racial is the only book to analyze the 25 million “Obama haters” in America.
Algernon has discussed racial inequality on PBS, CNN, NPR, and on other national television and radio networks.
Alicia Wade is the Director of Office Operations at Global Policy Solutions, where she supports the internal management of the firm.
Prior to joining GPS, Alicia worked in both private and nonprofit sectors in office and facilities management. Her expertise includes vendor contract management, meeting and event coordination, operational office and facilities management, and team and relationship building.
Alicia graduated from Fisk University located in Nashville, TN with a BA in psychology and sociology, and is currently completing a Human Resource Management Certification program.
Simona is the media relations manager for the Center for Global Policy Solutions, where she promotes the members of the Experts of Color Network and the research of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.
Previously she was media relations associate for the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC, research organization, where she identified media opportunities for the Institute’s experts and promoted its public policy forums. Before that, at the National Academy for Social Insurance, she promoted studies on Social Security and Workers’ Compensation. Simona is originally from Romania and has a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.
Travis Rickford has over eight years of experience working in community public health. As a community public health advocate, Travis’s passion is working with communities to build their infrastructure to increase physical activity, enhance food access, and promote evidence-based policy, system, and environmental changes in different settings. This includes activities such as community assessment, coalition development, and grant management. Travis holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fort Hays State University. Travis resides in Hays, Kansas with his wife Melissa, son Ashton, and daughter Olivia.
Ashley Brown is the senior program associate at Global Policy Solutions where she manages the Kansas Health Foundation’s Community Engagement Initiative at the nonprofit Center for Global Policy Solutions. As the project manager for the initiative, she is responsible for policy analysis, partner relations, and technical assistance facilitation.
Prior to joining Global Policy Solutions, Ashley was the Program Coordinator for the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project of the New Venture Fund. She has been dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations throughout her career. Her leadership experience is diverse, having worked with non-profits that sought to reduce childhood obesity in Washington, D.C. to the mayor’s office in Baltimore promoting the retention of quality teachers. At these institutions, she has conducted groundbreaking research and advocated for the implementation of innovative health policy. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland with a concentration in health policy and inequality studies and a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida.