Brakeyshia Samms

State Policy Analyst

Brakeyshia Samms


Brakeyshia joined ITEP in August 2021 as a state policy analyst. Previously, she was a senior associate with Pew’s Fiscal Federalism Initiative. At Pew, she researched tax policies and public programs at the intersection of the federal-state fiscal relationship. Before Pew, she was a state policy fellow with Every Texan in Austin, Texas, through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ postgraduate fellowship program. At Every Texan, she conducted research, published reports, op-eds, and blog posts, and presented legislative testimony on Texas’ budget and tax policies. In addition, she was the lead organizer for Texas Forward, a coalition of more than 70 organizations that advocated for fair budget and tax policies in Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Texas at Tyler and a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University. She is a proud native of Carrollton, Texas.

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