Meredith Covington

Director of Administration

As the Director of Administration, Meredith Covington is responsible for overseeing the staff and initiatives of SPI and continuing and sustaining SPI’s growth. From 2015-2018, Covington served as the Director of the Workforce Financial Stability Initiative within the Center for Social Development at the Brown School, where she founded and managed the research initiative that aims to understand the reach and effectiveness of financial wellness programs of US employers and their impact on low- and moderate-income (LMI) workers.

Before returning to Wash U, Covington held two positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, first as the Manager of its Community Development Policy and Analysis team and then as the Senior Manager of the Supervision Policy, Research and Analysis team. During her time there, Covington founded and directed the Bank On National Data Hub, a repository for data collected on Bank On accounts; served on the Retail Services Subtest committee for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) modernization; designed and launched the annual National Survey of Community Banks; helped lead the yearly Community Banking Research Conference; and, played a support role for the Federal Reserve System Conference of Presidents.  

Prior to her work at Wash U and the St. Louis Fed, Covington was the public policy and communications manager and development associate for Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) operating in Arkansas and Mississippi. Covington earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science and pre-law at Spring Hill College and a master’s in public administration from the School of Public Service at DePaul University. She is currently pursuing a master’s in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.