Jessica Fulton

Vice President of Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Washington, D.C.



  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth
  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Chicago Urban League



  • Intersection of race and economic policy
  • Employment and labor
  • Economic impacts on communities of color



  • Depaul University, M.A.
  • University of Chicago, B.A.


Recent Coverage

OCT 4, 2023

Washington Informer | Federal Reserve Board Diversifies

“With the confirmation of these three historic nominees, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors will be even better equipped to provide insights into formulating monetary policies that better address the needs of the diverse communities that make up our economy,” said Jessica Fulton, interim president of the Joint Center and vice president, policy. “Dr. Cook, Dr. Jefferson, and Dr. Kugler each bring extensive economic policy experience and deep macroeconomic and labor market expertise, which collectively positions the Fed to better shape economic policy to advance the needs of our racially diverse nation. Their insight and experience will provide much-needed perspectives to support all communities.”

AUG 10, 2022

TheGrio: White House says Black communities won’t be ‘left behind’ with Inflation Reduction Act

Jessica Fulton, vice president of policy at the Black think tank, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, told theGrio that the IRA “provides a downpayment on many of the key priorities for Black communities,” including “improving access to affordable health care, keeping our air and water clean and safe, and beginning to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.”

Fulton said she is also pleased that the Inflation Reduction Act is projected to create millions of jobs over the next decade. However, she warned that Black communities “must continue to hold the Biden administration accountable to ensure that these are good jobs that Black workers can use to support themselves and their families, invest in their communities and expand their opportunities.”


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About Jessica

Jessica Fulton is the interim president and vice president of Policy at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. An expert on issues at the intersection of race and economic policy, Jessica’s work focuses on identifying and promoting policies to advance the socioeconomic status of the Black community. In her current role, she oversees the Joint Center’s research and policy team and leads Economic Policy research.

Before joining the Joint Center, she served as external relations director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, where she worked with scholars to advance policymaker understanding of the connection between economic inequality and economic growth. She has also held local research and advocacy positions at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute and the Chicago Urban League.

Jessica is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She serves on the Board of The Black Swan Academy, an organization focused on increasing civic engagement among Black youth, and the Advisory Board of the Sadie Collective, which strives to increase the representation of Black women in economics. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Economic Policy Analysis from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at Depaul University.