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Trina Shanks is an Associate Professor at the U-M School of Social Work. Her research interests include the impact of poverty and wealth on child well-being; asset-building policy and practice across the life cycle; and community and economic development. She is co-editor of The Assets Perspective: The Rise of Asset Building and its Impact on Social Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and co-author of A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change: Partnering to Improve Life Outcomes for Youth and Families in Under-Served Neighborhoods(Oxford University Press, 2017). Shanks’ recent work includes a long-term follow up of MI-SEED pre-school participants and their families as they enter high school with 529 college savings accounts and evaluation of summer youth employment programming in Detroit, Michigan.