Katherine Townsend

Katherine Townsend

Research Analyst I
  • Biography

    Katherine Townsend is a research analyst I for community and economic development within the Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity (CWEO). Townsend supports the center through data analysis and visualization, research, and communication. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Oglethorpe University and a master's degree in economics from Georgia State University. Working with Oglethorpe's Center for Civic Engagement, she connected students to the Atlanta community through service and education. While earning her graduate degree, Townsend worked for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Center for State and Local Finance and Fiscal Research Center. There, she coauthored reports on education finance, transparency in state finance, and local tax expenditures. Townsend has held research positions at the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and the commercial real estate firm Lincoln Property Company.
  • Publications


    Katherine Townsend. "Challenges in Today’s Unemployment Insurance System." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (April 7, 2021).

    Stuart Andreason and Katherine Townsend. "Who Has COVID-19 Impacted and What’s Been Done to Help?" Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (December 2020).

    Stuart Andreason, Sarah Miller, and Katherine Townsend. "Talent Finance: Exploring the Future of Workforce Partnerships." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (September 2020).

    Sarah Miller and Katherine Townsend. "Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Wage Replacement Rates." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (July 2020).