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Catherine Harvey, MA

Senior Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Consumer finances, retirement, economic inequality


Catherine Harvey is dedicated to restoring the link between hard work and financial security in today’s rapidly changing economy. As a senior policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), Catherine develops public policies and market solutions to help people weather financial challenges and achieve their goals.

Prior to joining AARP, Catherine managed the economic policy project at UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza—the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. She conducted policy analysis and led advocacy campaigns on labor market issues, budget and tax policy, and retirement security. In addition to several policy briefs, she authored a comprehensive study of the Hispanic workforce and a report on the California retirement savings program known as CalSavers.

Catherine holds a master's degree in policy management from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Delaware.

Selected Publications

Harvey, C.S., “Unlocking the Potential of Emergency Savings Accounts,” (Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute: forthcoming, 2019).

Harvey, C.S., D. John, and S. Kathi Brown, “Saving at Work for a Rainy Day: Results from a National Survey of Employees,” (Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2018).

Harvey, C.S. and W. Shiflett, “Liquid Savings of Working Households Ages 50-64,” (Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, May 2017).

Harvey, C.S., “Access to Workplace Retirement Plans by Race and Ethnicity,” (Washington, DC: AARP Public Policy Institute, February 2017).

Harvey, C.S., "Enhancing Latino Retirement Readiness in California,” (Washington, DC: National Council of La Raza, May 2015).

Harvey, C.S., “Giving Them an Edge? The Effects of Work Experience on the Employment Prospects of Latino Young Men,” (Washington, DC: National Council of La Raza, June 2011).

Singley, C., “Fractures in the Foundation: The Latino Worker’s Experience in an Era of Declining Job Quality,” (Washington, DC: National Council of La Raza, 2009).[HCS1]




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