Gina Azito Thompson is a Research Associate on the Housing and Income Security team. Prior to joining the Center, she interned with the Michigan League for Public Policy where she worked to advance access to food and income support services for Michiganders involved in the criminal legal system. Her work at the Center primarily focuses on centering equity and disability in policy solutions. Her research areas include examining the impact of income security policy on communities of color, workforce development and higher education programs available for low-income student parents, creating a more equitable Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program across the country but especially in the South, and reducing administrative burdens to TANF program access and benefit levels in the U.S.
Azito Thompson holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina Central University.