Senior Policy Analyst
Economic Opportunity Division
Kim Meinert serves as a Senior Policy Analyst for Human Services Programs in the Economic Opportunity Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. In this role, she supports governors’ staff and state agency leadership in identifying best practices in strengthening social service and human service delivery systems. Kim’s areas of focus include trauma and toxic stress, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, American Indian service delivery, refugee human service delivery, and two-generation approaches.
Before joining NGA, she served as a senior aide to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kim’s interest in human services policy grew out of years working at the Oregon Department of Human Services as a TANF case manager who was co-located in the community to serve a specialized caseload of families with multiple employment barriers. She has also worked in specialty health care program development and as a bilingual patient care coordinator at a free health clinic for low-income uninsured families.
Kim earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College.
Kim originally hails from the Palouse in the Inland Northwest.