Steven Brown is the Director of Insights and Evidence for the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program. The Insights and Evidence team drives FSP’s efforts to promote data and research-informed strategies that advance household financial prosperity.
His professional work has focused on understanding the structural factors that impact wealth-building and inclusive economic opportunity. Prior to Aspen, he was a director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and served on assignment to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he supported their equitable research and policy implementation efforts. He also spent several years at the Urban Institute, where he helped stand up the Office of Race and Equity Research and authored numerous briefs and reports on racial wealth gaps, disparities in employment opportunities, economic mobility metrics, and advancing equity through data. His research and perspective have been cited in The Washington Post, CNN, Marketplace, NPR, and Vox.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in sociology from Harvard University, where he was also an inequality and social policy doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.