Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga has worked at EMPath since 2009, focusing specifically on the interdependence of family members in moving out of poverty. She helped lead the development of EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project and co-authored a brief on the theory and practice of intergenerational anti-poverty efforts. Before joining EMPath, Nicki developed children’s programming at various for-profit and non-profit organizations. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she was awarded a Gleitsman Fellowship through the Center for Public Leadership. She is currently on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Selected Publications

Panel presentation at Harvard Kennedy School Uniting Against Poverty Using Brain Science to Fight Childhood Poverty, February, 2018

Plenary panel at Harvard Center on the Developing Child’s Frontiers of Innovation convening: Strengthening Core Life Skills, January, 2018

Panel presentation at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s The Leading Edge of Early Education convening: Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Adversity , October, 2017

Guest lectured for Dr. Jack Shonkoff’s class at Harvard Graduate School of Education/ School of Public Health, Driving Science-Based Innovation in Early Childhood Practice and Policy, November, 2016

Organized and presented on a panel at EMPath’s Disrupting Poverty Conference: Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty: Applying Insights from Neuroscience and Behavioral Science to Program Practice, October, 2016

Babcock, Elisabeth & Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Nicki. Families Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty: Coaching with an Intergenerational Lens, Boston: Economic Mobility Pathways, July, 2016

Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Nicki. How a Coach Can Help Break the Stubborn Grip of Poverty, The Aspen Journal of Ideas, December, 2015

Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Nicki. Coaching For Economic Mobility, Boston: Crittenton Women’s Union, 2015

Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Nicki. Putnam misses the mark, CommonWealth Magazine, April, 2015