Katherine Townsend Kiernan

Katherine Townsend Kiernan

Research Analyst I
  • Biography

    Katherine Townsend Kiernan is a research analyst I for community and economic development within the Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity (CWEO). Kiernan supports the center through data analysis and visualization, research, and communication. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Oglethorpe University and a master's degree in economics from Georgia State University. Working with Oglethorpe's Center for Civic Engagement, she connected students to the Atlanta community through service and education. While earning her graduate degree, Kiernan worked for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Center for State and Local Finance and Fiscal Research Center. There, she coauthored reports on education finance, transparency in state finance, and local tax expenditures. Kiernan has held research positions at the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and the commercial real estate firm Lincoln Property Company.
  • Publications


    Katherine Townsend Kiernan. "Challenges in Today’s Unemployment Insurance System." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (April 7, 2021).

    Stuart Andreason and Katherine Townsend Kiernan. "Who Has COVID-19 Impacted and What’s Been Done to Help?" Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (December 2020).

    Stuart Andreason, Sarah Miller, and Katherine Townsend Kiernan. "Talent Finance: Exploring the Future of Workforce Partnerships." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (September 2020).

    Sarah Miller and Katherine Townsend Kiernan. "Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and Wage Replacement Rates." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Workforce Currents (July 2020).