Kitty Richards

Kitty Richards is a freelance policy consultant and strategic advisor to the Groundwork Collaborative. She has previously worked on federal budget and tax policy at several think tanks, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for American Progress, and has served as an economic policy staffer on Capitol Hill and in the White House. She also spent several years working on local issues, as chief of staff to DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman and as acting executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, managing staff and working on a wide range of issues including tax and budget policy, workforce policy, housing and homelessness, and paid leave. She contributed to the enactment and implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Act, passed in 2016, which established a social insurance fund for paid family and medical leave for DC workers. The fund began paying benefits in July 2020.

Kitty received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Reed College, and her JD from the New York University School of Law, as part of the Leadership Program in Tax Law and Fiscal Policy

As state and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls over the next three fiscal years, many are considering slashing services and public sector employment at exactly the time they are needed most.  These moves have the potential to devastate communities and local economies, causing unnecessary hardship, deepening the recession, and hampering the eventual economic recovery.