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Sharon Parrott

Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor

Sharon Parrott

Sharon Parrott is a Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Parrott brings to the Center’s leadership team deep expertise in poverty and economic opportunity as well as the federal budget and low-income programs and will help advance the Center’s priorities across a range of policy areas.

Parrott rejoined the Center in 2017 after serving for two years as Associate Director for the Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor (EIML) Division at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

At OMB she had budget and oversight responsibilities for the Departments of Labor and Education, the Social Security Administration, the human services programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the nutrition programs at the Department of Agriculture. As Associate Director, Parrott helped design budget and policy proposals, craft regulations, implement programs, and address management and budget challenges in these agencies.

Parrott previously worked at Center from 2012 to 2014 as Vice President for Budget Policy and Economic Opportunity, focusing on the impact of budget and tax policy on the nation’s efforts to reduce poverty and hardship and promote economic opportunity.

Before then, she served as Secretary Sebelius’ Counselor for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from August 2009 until November 2012. At HHS, Parrott was a lead advisor on human services issues, including programs for low-income families and children, children who have been maltreated or are at risk of abuse, seniors and people with disabilities. Her work included a broad range of efforts, including early education, TANF, child support enforcement, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, community supports for seniors and people with disabilities, and the intersection of health reform and human services issues.

Parrott previously worked at the Center from 1993 through August 2009. Parrott was the Director of the Welfare Reform and Income Support Division and routinely provided technical assistance to federal policymakers, state agency officials, and state-level policy organizations on a range of issues related to welfare reform and the interaction and integration of benefit program rules in Medicaid, Food Stamps, TANF, child care, and SCHIP.

Parrott also played a key role in the Center’s work on the federal budget, the impact of federal budget decisions on low-income populations, low-income tax policy, and policies that ensure that solutions to climate change do not adversely impact the economic well-being of low-income households.

Parrott has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press and has appeared on television, including The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

In 1999 and 2000, Parrott was detailed to the District of Columbia's Department of Human Services where she served as a Senior Policy Advisor on TANF, Food Stamp and Medicaid issues.

She received both her B.A. in Economics and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.