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Brittany Birken

Principal Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Benefits cliffs, child development, early learning and early grade success, policy and system alignment strategies for government assistance programs, two-generational strategies for families with children in poverty
Recent Work: Benefits cliffs, early childhood system development
  • Biography

    Brittany Birken serves as a principal adviser on the Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic development team. In this role, Birken specializes in the identification of structural barriers and solutions to career advancement for low-income working families. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center, which develops programs focused on creating educational systems that support student achievement of critical milestones that predict success. She has also served as the director of Florida’s Office of Early Learning and as chief executive of the Florida Children’s Council, the umbrella organization for children’s services councils statewide. Birken has worked with business leaders and policymakers to develop strategies that support pathways to economic security and improved outcomes for low-income working families with young children. Additionally, she has helped shape community and state policy efforts that support the current workforce and develop a sustainable educational infrastructure for talent development. Birken is a gubernatorial-appointed board member and chair of the strategic performance and policy council for CareerSource Florida, serves on the advisory council for the Orlando Economic Partnership Foundation, and is a member of Leadership Florida. She holds a PhD from Florida State University.

  • Publications


    Brittany Birken. "Dollars and Sense: Affordability of Childcare." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).

    Mels de Zeeuw and Brittany Birken. "School’s Out: Childcare Needs among Essential Health Care Workers and First Responders." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).