Nia Hope is Vice President of Global Public Policy for the JP Morgan Chase PolicyCenter. In her role, she works to advance promising national, regional, and local policies that help unlock opportunity for excluded communities and drive a more inclusive economy. Her work is focused on JP Morgan Chase’ Affordable Housing and Second Chance Agenda. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, Nia served for over a decade at Department of Defense (DoD) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she led the Secretary’s federal, state, and local economic development policy interface as Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment. There, she managed DoD’s $1.5B community investment grant portfolio and partnered with congressional, state, and local elected officials to address economic challenges that impact the DOD mission including defense industry workforce, cyber security, and school and road infrastructure in defense connected communities.
Nia began her career evidencing the case for the business imperative of an inclusive economy at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City connecting economically excluded business owners and workers of color to broader regional growth opportunities. At the UK Department for Work and Pension, she identified and implemented best practices in employer-led workforce initiatives to improve career outcomes for ethnic minorities in Great Britain. As the Economic Development Officer at BBIF Florida, she worked in partnership with financial institutions and local government to increase availability of capital to minority business owners in her home state. Nia began her federal service career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she managed the National Economic Development Planning Program and helped states implement economic resilience plans that stabilized vulnerable communities and business following disasters.
Nia earned her undergraduate degree in business and sociology at Emory University and her Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in historic Deanwood,in NE Washington, DC, with her husband and 9-year old son.