Valerie R. Wilson, PhD

Valerie Rawlston Wilson is a labor economist and Director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color. Prior to joining EPI, Wilson served as Vice President of Research at the National Urban League Washington Bureau in Washington, D.C., and she currently serves on the board of the National Economics Association. Throughout her career, she has written extensively on various issues impacting racial economic inequality in the United States—including employment, wage, income and wealth disparities. Her expertise in these areas has made her a highly sought-after speaker and consultant both nationally and internationally, and she has appeared in major print, television, and radio media. Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in Economics from Hampton University, as well as a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.