Jess McKay

Associate, Data
jmckay@finhealthnetwork.org

As a Data Associate on the Research and Policy Team, Jess contributes to the organization’s deep body of work on the financial health of individuals in the U.S. She conducts research through a variety of methods to develop insights, identify trends, and uncover opportunities to build a more equitable financial future. 

Much of Jess’ work focuses on the Financial Health Pulse, which uses ongoing surveys and transactional data to explore how the financial health of Americans is changing over time. Jess has contributed to several Pulse publications, including the 2021 U.S. Trends Report and the ongoing Pulse Points research initiative. 

Before joining the Financial Health Network, Jess worked as a research assistant for the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and as a graduate research intern at the Social Intervention Group at Columbia University. 

A Fulbright Scholar, Jess received her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in New York City, where she is an active member of the R-Ladies, an organization promoting gender diversity in the data community.

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