Lillian Bowie is the Director of Economic Research and Strategic Partnerships for the NAACP’s National Financial Freedom Center. She has public service experience working at the intersection of research, policy and practice, having had opportunities to interface with direct-service providers, the foundation community, research organizations and the for-profit sector covering issues of economic inequality and educational disparities. Her work at the DC Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC), Child Trends, Symphonic Strategies and now the NAACP demonstrates her commitment to public improvement from the “ground up” - from program research and evaluation, to program implementation and capacity building.
At CYITC and Child Trends, Ms. Bowie was a key researcher for after school, child welfare, and early childhood development practice program areas. Her achievements include the implementation of the DC Covenant House Washington evaluation strategy for the prevention of teen pregnancy and outcome evaluation study for the SPARK-DC early childhood readiness program.As Senior Manager of Research at Symphonic Strategies, Ms. Bowie helped to strategically evaluate and build capacity for a number of non-for-profits funded by the government and foundations. Specifically, through her work with the Fight for Children Foundation, she contributed to improving the strategic planning training sessions the foundation offered its grantees and for the Coalition for Economic Empowerment, Ms. Bowie spear-headed the impact analysis of its job core program.
Ms. Bowie received her Bachelor’s in Urban Planning and Master’s in Sociology from Stanford University.