La-Brina Almeida is a Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. 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.
The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the availability of significant new federal revenue gives Massachusetts a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create building …