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Anne Kim

Anne Kim is Director of Domestic and Social Policy at The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), where she has also served as Senior Fellow. She has written extensively on a wide range of issues in economic and social policy, with a particular emphasis on economic mobility, poverty, middle class opportunity and the intersection of policy and politics. Prior to her current role at PPI, Anne was Senior Writer at the nonprofit public policy magazine Washington Monthly, where she remains a contributing editor. She was also Director of the Economic Program at the think tank Third Way and founded and directed the organization’s Social Policy and Politics Program. Anne has also worked as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and as Senior Policy Strategist at Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development). She also spent six years in private practice as a corporate transactions lawyer before turning to public policy. Anne’s writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Monthly,, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The American Interest, Democracy, and The Hill. She has also appeared on C-SPAN, CNBC, CNN and Fox and is currently working on a book on youth policy to be published by the New Press. In addition to her work at PPI, Anne is also a Senior Fellow for the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security and Editorial Advisor to TradeVistas, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Anne has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from Duke University.



By / 2.7.2013

New research by the firm HelloWallet finds that more than a quarter of Americans who have an employer-sponsored retirement plan are raiding these accounts for other uses. According to HelloWallet’s report, Americans are withdrawing more than $70 billion a year from their retirement savings—and often paying big penalties to do so. On top of regular […]


By and / 1.30.2013

In his second inaugural address, President Obama laid out a bold vision for solving economic inequality. “We are true to our creed,” he said, “when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else because she is an American.” The president has hinted at […]


By / 1.14.2013

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released long-awaited new mortgage rules aimed at protecting consumers from abusive loans. The new rules, when they take effect next January, will effectively shut down some of the worst practices leading up to the 2007-2008 housing crash: “interest-only” loans, predatory fees, and “teaser rates” that trapped people […]


By / 1.4.2013

By all accounts, the recently passed tax deal averting the “fiscal cliff” was a big win for the American people. Among other things, the agreement preserves the full package of Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class and raises rates only on the wealthiest Americans. It also permanently patches the Alternative Minimum Tax so it […]

Op-eds and Articles

PPI managing director for policy and strategy Anne Kim writes about the gender discrepancy amongst think tank staff in Washington for the Washington Monthly. She elicits why she thinks the particularly strong trend exists as it does.  Every day in Washington, D.C., brings numerous announcements about the various policy events, forums, and conferences around town […]


By / 6.27.2012


More than 300 women, a record high, have filed to run for Congress this year, which means a likely gain of female members come November. In addition to greater parity for women–who’ve been chronically underrepresented–more women in Congress could bring another benefit: Less gridlock.

Female senators have a markedly more bipartisan vote record than their male peers do. Moreover, studies in personality research find that women are more cooperative than men, more willing to compromise, more empathetic and, moreover, more polite.

As Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Woman and Politics at Rutgers University puts it: “Women are more likely to work across the aisle and find compromise.”

Read the entire article HERE


By / 5.23.2012

Last month, Congress and the president passed major legislation (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act) aimed at making it easier for start-ups and small businesses to gain better access to capital. It was one of the few bills passed in the last year that wasn’t born out of crisis or in the shadow of […]


By and / 5.17.2012

We have had a bevy of economic and political “events” in the last six months that have focused on stabilizing home prices. The President’s efforts on refinancing are starting to pay dividends, and the major settlement between the attorneys general with five of the biggest mortgage servicers offered some order to a market process that […]


By / 5.9.2012

Recently, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds issued their annual report on the future of America’s entitlement programs. As usual, the news was bleak: Social Security is now expected to go bust in 2033, three years earlier than projected last year. In their report, the Trustees also issued a sober warning: […]


By and / 4.20.2012

PPI’s monthly look at home values in 16 potential 2012 battleground states–our Battleground Home Values Index–stayed flat in February 2012. Median home prices in these states have fallen an average of 16% since the last election, or $29,525. While prices no longer seem to be falling, they haven’t yet risen either. Given the state of […]