Zewde joins CUNY from the School of Social Work at Columbia, where she was a Post Doctoral Research Scientist in the Center of Poverty and Social Policy. She is formerly a member of the research staff at the Penn Wharton Budget Model and a visiting researcher at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PhD in Health Policy and Administration, Concentration in Economics from Pennsylvania State University
MPH in Health Systems Management from Emory University
BA in Anthropology, Minor in Global Health from Emory University
Her research centers on economic inequality in wealth and in health insurance, and examines the ability of public policies to reduce these inequalities. Research includes studies of the economic impacts of public healthcare coverage, including impacts on poverty and rates of home eviction, and impacts of high-deductible health insurance on consumer wellbeing. Other research includes policies to address racial wealth inequality, including publicly-funded trust funds termed "Baby Bonds."