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Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). Her work primarily focuses on urban and suburban poverty, metropolitan demographics, and tax policies that support low-income workers and communities. In Confronting Suburban Poverty In America she and co-author Alan Berube address the changing geography of metropolitan poverty and offer pragmatic solutions for reforming and modernizing the nation’s policy and practice framework for alleviating poverty and increasing access to opportunity.

Kneebone has authored a number of Brookings reports, including “The Great Recession and Poverty in Metropolitan America,” “Job Sprawl Revisited: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment,” and “Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to Benefit Families and Places.” She served as co-author on several other reports, including “The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s,” “Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America,” and “Responding to the New Geography of Poverty: Recent Trends in the Earned Income Tax Credit.”

Prior to joining Brookings, Kneebone worked as a research project manager for IFF (formerly the Illinois Facilities Fund), where her work assessed the geographic distribution of need for services and programs targeted to low-income people and places. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University.