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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill associate professor Michal Grinstein-Weiss, a research fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital, has been named associate director of the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis.

Grinstein-Weiss begins work at the center July 1, also joining the George Warren Brown School of Social Work faculty as associate professor.

“Dr. Grinstein-Weiss received her Ph.D. in social work from the Brown School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at CSD,” the school said in its announcement. “Her return is like a family member coming home.  We very much look forward to her contributions and leadership.”

Grinstein-Weiss is an expert on public policy related to issues of economic inequality and social development. She created the Asset-Building Research Group at UNC and contributed to the Center for Community Capital’s research in the areas of affordable home ownership finance and consumer financial services.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from University of Haifa, Israel, a master’s degree in economics from University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University.

As a postdoctoral fellow at CSD, Grinstein-Weiss was heavily involved with the American Dream Demonstration research, the first large-scale test of Individual Development Accounts for the working poor.

At UNC, she also was a faculty fellow for the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and CSD and a member of the advisory board of UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. In addition, she served on the North Carolina Asset-Building Policy Task Force.

The UNC Center for Community Capital is the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The Center’s in-depth analyses help policymakers, advocates and the private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively. For more information, visit www.ccc.unc.edu.

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