Who We Are

Established by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute is a center for public policy engagement. Our mission is to advance social and economic justice by working collaboratively to connect evidence-based policy solutions to public awareness, practitioner training, and policy decision-making.

From Our Director

“We can and must deconstruct barriers to improve the lives of children, youth and the adults who care for them. The solution is policy. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute will work tirelessly toward the development and implementation of evidence-informed policies that advance social and economic justice and racial equity.”

Gary Parker
Associate Dean for External Affairs,
Director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute

Our 5-Year Celebration

Amplifying impact by connecting evidence to policy.

A Recap of Our 5-Year Celebration of Clark-Fox Policy Institute!

On Thursday, October 13th, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute celebrated its fifth anniversary with an event in Hillman Hall. Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, who served as the emcee for the launch of the institute, stepped back into the role five years later. Mayor Tishaura Jones attended and presented a proclamation announcing it was officially Clark-Fox Policy Institute Day in the City of Saint Louis.

Visit our recap page for more!

(Video by Pinxit Photo & Cinema)


The Clark-Fox Policy Institute envisions a more just and equitable world in which policy solutions are community-informed, effective, and innovative.  

Launching Lifelong Success

Research demonstrates that high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education has the potential to yield greater workforce participation and economic prosperity, improved health outcomes, reduced crime, and a more equitable region. Learn more from our latest report, Launching Lifelong Success.

Two Pandemics, One Election

The 2020 general election occurred as our nation was simultaneously confronting racial inequities revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a new movement catalyzed by racial violence. The Two Pandemics, One Election  series featured roundtable conversations to illuminate these and related issues that took center stage in the election and voter decision-making. For more, click here.

COVID-19 & Race

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed glaring health and economic disparities among communities of color – and the societal systems that are failing them due to structural racism. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute organized this series, which draws on community leadership and evidence-based knowledge to inform the path toward racial and health equity.

Coming Up

There are not currently any upcoming events scheduled. Please check back for new events to be added.

In the meantime, if you’d like to explore campus events, please visit Happenings at WashU.

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