Meet the 2017 Women's Leadership Breakfast speaker, Sheida Elmi

September 26, 2017


Sheida Elmi is a senior associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts' family financial security and mobility project


The project conducts original research on the balance sheets of diverse U.S. households to assess the degree to which short-term financial security relates to longer-term economic mobility. 


Elmi is the brains behind this interactive report that highlights the financial balance sheets of 17 family types and illustrates how household demographics, such as education, race, and family structure, relate to financial security. 


Users can explore three areas of the balance sheet-income, wealth, and liquid savings-to better understand how families are doing financially and how they perceive their financial well-being. The interactive is based on data from Pew's nationally representative Survey of American Family Finances.


Elmi leads quantitative analyses, interviews, and focus groups to explore how families fare across different measures of financial health and synthesizes the findings for a variety of audiences, including the public and policymakers. 


Before joining Pew, she was a research analyst at MEF Associates, where she helped evaluate federal programs aimed at promoting family self-sufficiency. 


Elmi has a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from Northwestern University.


Elmi will be speaking about the recent report she directed on How Income Volatility Interacts With American Families' Financial Security: an examination of gains, losses, and household economic experiences.


The Women's Fund is proud to have this nationally recognized leader visiting Southeastern Massachusetts.



Who is the Pew Charitable Trust?


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent  global research and public policy organization, still operated as a non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public.


Informed by the founders' interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, the organization has grown to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. 

You may know their name as a go-to for high quality research, often cited by NPR and news services like Reuters.


The Pew Charitable Trusts' mission is to:

  • Improve public policy by conducting rigorous analysis, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results;

  • Inform the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping our world;

  • Invigorate civic life by encouraging democratic participation and strong communities. In our hometown of Philadelphia, we support arts and culture organizations as well as institutions that enhance the well-being of the region's neediest citizens.


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