Ms. Wilson has over 18 years experience researching, analyzing and implementing social service programs at the City, State, Federal and international level. Prior to co-founding the Aclara Group, she served as a budget and legislative analyst for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)where she worked as an internal agency consultant, assisting FNS with interpreting current and emerging legislation, and estimating the impact on program participants and the Federal Government.
Prior to her work at FNS, Ms. Wilson was a policy analyst for Retirement and Disability Insurance programs at the Social Security Administration, where she led comprehensive research and analysis projects examining the impact of potential changes to the Social Security System. Her work helped to illustrate how policy changes could affect disparate groups of Americans in different ways—particularly the impact of Retirement Insurance changes on Disability Insurance beneficiaries and women.
Ms. Wilson joined the Federal Government in 1998 as a Presidential Management Intern, and has served on assignment at the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Social Security Subcommittee, developing legislation for the Ticket-to-Work Act, and as an analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.
In addition to her Federal Government experience, Ms. Wilson served as president of a non-profit international development organization, the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children, where she was responsible for program design and planning, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, public relations and fund-raising. She also worked as a researcher and analyst on projects for the Human Services Policy Center, the World Bank, and the Center for Regional Development Studies at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
Originally, Ms. Wilson began her public sector career as a Social Worker for the State of Washington and City of Seattle, where she gained in-depth, ground-level knowledge of human services programming including: Aid to Families with Dependent Children , Food Stamps, maternal and child health services, domestic violence, child care support, aging and adult services, and work-force training programs and supports for AFDC recipients.
Ms. Wilson’s unique combination of experience—both at the ground level implementing social service programs, and at top agency levels analyzing and budgeting multi-billion dollar programs—allows her to understand agency challenges and craft integrated and effective policy solutions that work for all levels of an agency. Furthermore, her experience in the legislative arena allows her to understand the political context in which agencies work.
Ms. Wilson has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Graduate Specialist Degree in Regional Development Planning from the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is adept at working with diverse groups of staff and program participants.