La-Brina Almeida

Policy Analyst

La-Brina Almeida is a State Policy Fellow & Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, 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

Choosing Equity: Options for Affordable Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

This page  presents a preview excerpt that explains the problem in public higher education. Click here to view the full report.      

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Bruised Budgets: A Higher Education Funding History Lesson For An Antiracist Future

A well-funded public higher education system has the power to open up countless opportunities for low-income students and families of all races and backgrounds. For …

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Federal Student Loan Debt Relief Significant, but Insufficient

A college degree is an important first step for many to pursue their dreams. Unfortunately, this dream is increasingly out of reach for many students from low-income backgrounds, including students of color and non-traditional students.

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