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Brittany Birken

Principal Adviser

Areas of Expertise: Child development, early learning and early grade success, two-generational strategies for families with children in poverty
Recent Work: Benefits cliffs, early childhood system development
  • Biography

    Brittany Birken is a principal adviser in the community and economic development group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, specializing in benefits-cliffs and social-service policies that aid families with children in poverty. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center, which develops programs focused on creating educational systems that support student achievement of critical milestones that predict success. She has also served as the director of Florida’s Office of Early Learning and as chief executive of the Florida Children’s Council, the umbrella organization for children’s services councils statewide. Birken has worked with business leaders and policymakers to develop strategies that support pathways to economic security and improved outcomes for low-income working families with young children. Additionally, she has helped shape community-and-state policy efforts that support the current workforce and develop a sustainable educational infrastructure for talent development. Birken is a gubernatorial-appointed board member and chair of the strategic policy council for CareerSource Florida, and also serves as a board trustee for the Florida Chamber Foundation. She holds a PhD in child development from Florida State University.

  • Publications


    Brittany Birken. "Dollars and Sense: Affordability of Childcare." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (COVID-19 Publications 2020).

    Brittany Birken, Ann Carpenter, Karen Leone de Nie, Sameera Fazili, Mary Hirt, David A. Jackson, Sarah Miller, Patrick Pontius, Julie Siwicki, Sarah Stein, Nisha Sutaria, and Janelle Williams. “Tackling the Unknown Together: Community Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).

    Mels de Zeeuw and Brittany Birken. "School’s Out: Childcare Needs among Essential Health Care Workers and First Responders." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Partners Update (March/April 2020).