by Muchadei Zvoma

Profile image of a smiling Erica Williams standing in front of a red brick wall, arms folded
Erica Williams MAIPS ’02

Erica Williams, a 2002 graduate of the MA in International Policy Studies, was recently promoted to Executive Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI).

The DCFPI conducts research and public education on budget and tax issues in the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on issues that affect low- and moderate-income residents. By preparing timely analyses that are used by policymakers, the media, and the public, DCFPI seeks to inform public debates on budget and tax issues and to ensure that the needs of lower-income residents are considered in those debates.

“Even though I didn’t end up working in international policy, my MIIS experience and focus on gender and economic development really solidified for me the pivotal role of public policy (along with transparency and robust civic engagement and participation) in shaping outcomes for people and communities. It also helped me see where we were falling short here in the United States,” Erica shared.

My MIIS experience and focus on gender and economic development really solidified for me the pivotal role of public policy.
— Erica Williams MAIPS ’02

Dean of the Middlebury Institute Jeff Dayton-Johnson congratulated Erica on her promotion. “As an economist, I have come to conclude that a jurisdiction’s fiscal policy is a true reflection of the social contract linking governments and citizens. Too frequently throughout the world—and increasingly, in the United States—insufficient tax revenues and public spending are signs of a broken social contract. [Erica’s] task could not be more important to democratic revitalization,” said Dean Dayton-Johnson.

Visit the DCFPI website to learn more about Erica and her new role.

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DC Career Week Goes Virtual and Continues to Inspire Students

by Jason Warburg

Many of our graduates launch successful careers in the nation’s capital. This year our DC Career Week went virtual and continued to be a catalyst for our students as they made meaningful connections with employers and gained invaluable advice from professionals working in fields like international development, global security, trade, and localization.