La-Brina Almeida

Policy Analyst & Development Coordinator

La-Brina Almeida is a Policy Analyst & Development Coordinator at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.  While she supports the development team with fundraising and grant writing, her research is focused on housing in the state budget.

Her background is in Social Work, formerly working with populations ranging from those experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and more.  Prior to joining MassBudget, La-Brina worked at the Economic Progress Institute advancing statewide social service policy in her home state of Rhode Island. Her experiences as a social worker and community organizer early in her career reinforce her approach as an inclusive and equity-minded analyst, as she maintains a focus on community-driven public policy initiatives and solutions.  She has a long-standing racial equity focus as Rhode Island College School of Social Work’s 2018 Social Justice Awardee and Boston University Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow.

Recent

Mass. Public Higher Education and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

What’s the state of public higher education in the Commonwealth? Learn more in our latest presentation outlining federal pandemic relief below:

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Testimony to the Joint Ways and Means Committees on Using Federal ARPA Funds to Invest in Public Higher Education

October 1, 2021 Chairman Rodrigues, Chairman Michelwitz, and distinguished members of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means: Thank you for the opportunity to testify …

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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Explained

Public Higher Education and COVID-19 With the correct supports in place, public higher education has the power to open up countless opportunities for low-income students …

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