James Abro: James Abro is the author of An Odyssey in the Great American Safety Net and founder of Advocate for Economic Fairness and 32 Beach Productions. He also teaches creative writing and story-telling to at-risk youths in detention centers and volunteers his time advising adults on how to work their way out of acute financial distress.

Maryam Adamu:  Maryam Adamu is a Research Assistant for the Early Childhood Policy team at American Progress.

Julian Adler: Julian Adler is a Project Director at the Center for Court Innovation in New York City. He oversees the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. For more information about the Center and its projects, visit www.courtinnovation.org.

Christie Applehanz: As a coalition member of the Kansas Dental Project, Christie Appelhanz is working to ensure Kansas becomes the next state to allow mid-level dental providers.

Saba Aregai: Saba Aregai graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Media Studies and Production and a minor in Geography and Urban Studies. She has worked with various digital mediums including video journalism, photography, digital marketing and web development. Saba hopes to extend her knowledge of new media and offer a platform to communities and groups of people who may not have the opportunity to express their voices otherwise.

Greg Asbed: Greg Asbed is the Co-Founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker-based human rights organization.  He works with farmworkers and their student, labor, and religious allies in organizing the national Campaign for Fair Food, a collaboration known for winning agreements with retail food corporations to improve labor conditions in their Florida tomato supply chains. He plays a key role in the development and management of the Fair Food Program.

Dean Baker: Dean Baker is the Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.  His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

Robert W. Ballenger, Esq.: Robert W. Ballenger, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Sheila Bapat: Sheila Bapat is a recovered attorney and freelance writer exploring economic and gender justice. Her book, Part of the Family, chronicles the rising movement for domestic workers’ rights.

Jessica Bartholow: Jessica Bartholow is a legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty with nearly two decades of experience in anti-poverty organizing, advocacy and program development at the local, state and national level. She is the 2012 recipient of the Wellstone – Wheeler National Anti-Hunger Advocate of the Year Award.

Robert Beezat: Robert Beezat is a businessman and community leader who serves as the volunteer Board President of Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) which is creating jobs related to local healthy food production, distribution, and consumption in Southeastern, WI.  He is a volunteer Regional Coordinator for NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice and peace organization located in Washington, DC.  He is also the author of Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness.

Kaleigh Behe: Kaleigh Behe is a TalkPoverty intern at the Center for American Progress. She is also a dual MPP/MBA candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Joel Berg: Joel Berg is the Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Mark Bergel: Mark Bergel is founder and executive director of A Wider Circle.

Andrew Marlowe Bergman: Andrew Marlowe Bergman is a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he is working towards a Master’s of Arts in Fiction Writing. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewMBergman.

Greg Berman: Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation in New York and the author of Reducing Crime, Reducing Incarceration (Quid Pro Books). You can follow him on Twitter @GregBerman50.

Deepak Bhargava: Deepak Bhargava is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Change Action, which uses political advocacy and electoral tools to help low-income people build political power and push for policy changes that improve their lives.

Christine Binder: Christine Binder is a Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at the New York City Coalition against Hunger.

Mia Birdsong: Mia Birdsong is Vice President at the Family Independence Initiative.

Daniel Biss: Daniel Biss represents the 9th District in the Illinois Senate. He was the chief sponsor of the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program.

Linda M. Blum: Linda M. Blum is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and the author most recently of Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (NYU Press, 2015).

Amanda Bornfree: Amanda Bornfree is a working mother and submitted her story to our partner Half in Ten’s Our American Story project.

Melissa Boteach: Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of Half in Ten and the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. Half in Ten is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Laffon Brelland, Jr.: Laffon Brelland, Jr. is a rising sophomore at the University of South Carolina, double-majoring in English and Spanish. He is a Junior Writing Fellow at the Center for Community Change.

Keegan Brown: Keegan Brown is a rising senior at the University of Utah, where he studies Economics, Mathematics, and Political Science.  He is currently interning with the Middle-Out Economics team at the Center for American Progress.

State Senator Dwight Bullard: Dwight Bullard is the State Senator representing the 39th District in Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @DwightBullard.

Carol Burnett: Carol Burnett is the executive director of the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative, a statewide organization of parents, providers and community leaders working together to improve the quality of child care for all of Mississippi’s low-income children.

Jennifer Caballero: Jennifer Caballero is a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington D.C.

Scott Campbell: is the Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @ejaforg. Photo Credit: Greg Gorman, 2014

Sister Simone Campbell: Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.

Vanessa Cárdenas: Vanessa Cárdenas is the Vice President of Progress 2050 at American Progress.

Dr. Mariana Chilton: Dr. Mariana Chilton is a nationally recognized leader addressing child hunger in America. She is an Associate Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and the Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health.  You can follow her on Twitter @MarianaChilton.

David Cloud: David Cloud is the Senior Program Associate in the Substance Use and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice.  You can follow the Vera Institute on Twitter @VeraInstitute.

Donald Cohen: Donald Cohen is Executive Director of In The Public Interest, a national nonprofit resource center on outsourcing, responsible contracting, and best practices for good government.

Tom Colicchio: Tom Colicchio is a chef and food activist.

John Cook, PhD, MAEd: John Cook is the Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, which does research at pediatric clinics and hospitals to show the real impact of public policy choices on the health, nutrition and development of young children.

Heidi Cooper: Heidi Cooper is the Resource Development Manager for a reentry organization in Northern Virginia.

Alysia Cox: Alysia Cox is a single mother (of a five-year-old) and dedicated advocate for low-income families. She currently serves as a Community Development Commissioner for the city of Richmond, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of California, Davis. She is also a 2013-14 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow through the Women’s Foundation of California.

Gary Crum: Gary Crum is a leader with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

Erin Currier: Erin Currier is the director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ family financial security and mobility team.

Traci Donnelly: Traci Donnelly is the CEO and Executive Director of The Child Center of NY.

Laura E. Durso: Laura E. Durso is Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress.

Jessica Eaglin: Jessica Eaglin is Counsel for the Justice Program at The Brennan Center for Justice.

Marian Wright Edelman: Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund and its Action Council whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Peter Edelman: Peter Edelman is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center, and the Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Sarah Edelman: Sarah Edelman is a Policy Analyst on the Housing Finance and Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

Lauren-Brooke Eisen: Lauren-Brooke Eisen is Counsel for the Justice Program at The Brennan Center for Justice.

David Elliot: David Elliot is the communications director for Fair Share Education Fund, which works for an America where everyone gets their fair share, pays their fair share and does their fair share; and where everybody plays by the same rules.

Maurice Emsellem: Maurice Emsellem is Director of the Access and Opportunity Program at the National Employment Law Project.

Sarah English: Sarah English is a writer, graphic designer and Communications Project Manager at the Center for Community Change.

Rebecca Epstein: Rebecca Epstein is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality.

Jeremy Everett: Jeremy Everett is Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University.

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies: Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of close to 200 human services and faith-based organizations.

Tangela Fedrick: Tangela Fedrick is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. Tangela is a mother of two, and currently works at a childcare facility in Philadelphia.

Marshall Fitz: Marshall Fitz is the Director of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. You can follow him on Twitter @marshallfitz.

Anne Ford: Anne Ford is a school nurse in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Foreman: Jeff Foreman is Policy Director at Care for the Homeless in New York City where he advocates for policies to fight, prevent and end homelessness. You can follow him on Twitter: @JeffForeman2

Dr. Deborah Frank: Dr. Deborah Frank is the Founder and Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, and professor of Child Health and Well-being in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

Shawn Fremstad: Shawn Fremstad is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Andrea Fuller: Andrea Fuller is a mom to two amazing children, a business owner, an advocate for empowering women, and a self-defense and fitness instructor. She has a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. A fighter and a survivor of life challenges, she trains in Krav Maga, teaches CrossKick, makes delicious baked goods for her business, while working on the issues of poverty, hunger, secure housing, human rights, and empowerment of female survivors of abuse and sexual violation. Andrea has been a member of the Hunger Through My Lens project in Denver, Colorado since 2013.

Sam Fulwood III: is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. His work with the Center’s Progress 2050 project examines the impact of policies on the nation when there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050

Tianna Gaines-Turner: Tianna Gaines-Turner is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a program hosted by the Center for Hunger Free Communities at Drexel University featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. She is a married mother of three children, and works with children at a local recreation facility in Northeast Philadelphia.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the junior United States senator from New York.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D.: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research laboratory aimed at improving affordability and equitable outcomes in post-secondary education. She is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and co-author of Redefining College Affordability: Securing America’s Future with a Free Two Year College Option.

Julia Gordon: Julia Gordon is the Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Elise Gould: Elise Gould is a senior economist and Director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research areas include wages, poverty, inequality, economic mobility and health care.

Rebekah Gowler: Rebekah Gowler is the Director of Strategic Volunteerism Initiatives at the New York City Coalition against Hunger.

Becky Gray: Becky Gray is an anti-poverty advocate in Southeast Kansas.

Robert Greenstein: Robert Greenstein is the founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Mae Watson Grote: Mae Watson Grote is the Founder & Executive Director of The Financial Clinic.

Jamie Gullen: Jamie Gullen is a Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services.

Sarita Gupta: Sarita Gupta is the Executive Director of Jobs With Justice and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.

Aramis Gutierrez: Aramis Gutierrez is the Director of Rutgers Future Scholars.

Tami Habteyes: Tami Habteyes is a member of Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC. If you are a Restaurant Worker and you are interested in getting involved with ROC, please email jeremiah@rocunited.org

LeeAnn Hall: LeeAnn Hall is the executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society, a national policy, research and organizing network focused on racial and economic justice. The Alliance has produced pivotal reports on state and national health issues including Medicaid, prescription drugs, and insurance industry practices for 20 years.

Rosanne Haggerty: Rosanne Haggerty is the President of Community Solutions, which coordinates the Campaign.

Jeremy Haile: is federal advocacy counsel at The Sentencing Project. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Katie Hamm: Katie Hamm is the Director of Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath: Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath is a Policy Analyst for the Early Childhood Policy team at American Progress.

Wade Henderson: Wade Henderson is the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Ted Howard: Ted Howard is the Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative. The Collaborative’s Anchor Institution Initiative conducts research on innovative anchor practices, advises city governments and philanthropy on anchor-based economic development strategies, and works directly with anchors to help them monitor and measure the impact they have on their local community using an Anchor Dashboard.

Hilary Hoynes: Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.

Jonathan Huberman: Jonathan Huberman recently completed a year of service through AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, working as an AmeriCorps Paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group. He is currently a first-year law student at the University of Michigan

Lisalyn R. Jacobs: is V.P. of Government Relations at Legal Momentum. She leads the organization’s federal advocacy on violence against women, poverty, and economic issues. A single mother, she lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her 6 year-old son. On Twitter: @LRockL

Anne Johnson: Anne Johnson is the Executive Director of Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress.

Becky Kanis: Becky Kanis, a former Army Captain, directs the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which announced this week that its communities have housed 100,000 homeless Americans since 2010.

Greg Kaufmann: Greg Kaufmann is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Editor of TalkPoverty.org.

Suzanne Kenney: Suzanne Kenney is the Executive Director of Project Place.

Kim: Kim is a resident of Fairbury, Nebraska. She submitted her story to our partner Half in Ten’s Our American Story project.

Nate Kratzer: Nate Kratzer is a policy analyst for the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the faith community to speak and act to end poverty in the United States. He is also a Ph.D. student in public policy at the University of Kentucky.

Ed Lazere: is the Executive Director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Cynthia Ann Leimbach: Cynthia Ann Leimbach is an English major, poet and activist at UC Berkeley. She dedicates herself towards the eradication of global poverty on a local level by advocating for low-income students and families within her community.

Stephen Lerner: Stephen Lerner is a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative and the architect of the Justice for Janitors campaign.

Dan Lesser: Dan Lesser is the Director of Economic Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Ezra Levin: Ezra Levin serves on the board of directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Ronald Lewis: Ronald Lewis is a resident of Philadelphia. He recently participated in a Center for American Progress event, “One Strike and You’re Out: How to Remove Barriers to Economic Mobility for Americans with Criminal Records.”

Hon. Jonathan Lippman: Hon. Jonathan Lippman is Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Rev. Michael Livingston: Rev. Michael Livingston is the National Policy Director and Director of the D.C. Office for Interfaith Worker Justice.

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat: Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat is President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Brendan Lynch: Brendan Lynch is a Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.  You can follow Community Legal Services @CLSphila.

David Madland: David Madland is the Director of the American Worker Project and the Managing Director of the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

Claire Markham: Claire Markham is the Outreach Manager for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

Thiago Marques: Thiago Marques lives and works in Newark, NJ. He is organizing with the Committee for Better Banks to improve the conditions of bank workers and to fight for #BetterBanksToday.

Michael Maskin: Michael Maskin is a senior at Tufts University, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Political Science. He is the Tisch Summer Fellow at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, DC.

Hannah Matthews: Hannah Matthews is the Director of the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP. She works at the federal and state levels on child care and early education promoting policies that support both healthy child development and the needs of low-income working parents.

Zach McDade: Zach McDade is a researcher and communications specialist at the Urban Institute.

Commissioner Julie Menin: Julie Menin is the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.

Linda Meric: Linda Meric is Executive Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, an inclusive multi-racial membership-based organization founded in 1973 to strengthen the ability of low-income women to win economic justice through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy. You can follow her on Twitter @LindaMeric.

Tamika Middleton: Tamika Middleton is a life-long social justice advocate, committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppression. In addition to her work as an organizer, writer, performer, birthworker and mother of two homeschooled little ones, Tamika is a Writing Fellow at the Center for Community Change.  You can follow Tamika @CombaheeFree

Mauricio Lim Miller: Mauricio Lim Miller is Founder and President of the Family Independence Initiative.  For more information, visit www.torchlightprize.org.

Westra Miller: Westra Miller is a public benefits staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Michael Mitchell: Michael Mitchell is a Policy Analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Policy division. You can follow Michael on Twitter @MikeDMitchell2.

Michelle Morris: Michelle Morris is a student at the University of California, Berkeley where she studies Sociology, with an interest in urban development and poverty. She is currently interning for the Talk Poverty team.

Sherita Mouzon: Sherita Mouzon is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. Sherita is a wife and mother of one daughter, and works as a Peer Mentor for the Salvation Army, running trauma-informed peer support groups in Philadelphia.

Ineke Mushovic: Ineke Mushovic is executive director of the Movement Advancement Project.

Sharon Neuman Murphy: Sharon Neuman Murphy is the Co-Founder and Director of Mary House. Mary House is featured in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.” She can be e-mailed at CasadeMary@aol.com

Bonnie Neumeier: Bonnie Neumeier is an Over-the-Rhine resident and housing activist.  You can email her at info@TalkPoverty.org.

Senator Patty Murray: Senator Patty Murray is a Senior U.S. Senator representing Washington.

Dorsey Nunn: is the Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Co-Founder of All of Us or None.

Alice O’Connor: Alice O’Connor is a professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara and the author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in Twentieth Century U.S. History.

Patrick Oakford: Patrick Oakford is a Policy Analyst on the Immigration and Economic Policy Teams at the Center for American Progress. You can follow him on Twitter @patrickoakford.

Annelise Orleck: Annelise Orleck is Professor of History at Dartmouth College. She is the author of four books on labor, women’s activism and poor people’s movements. She is currently working on a book entitled Poverty Wages, We’re Not Lovin’ It: The Rise of a New Global Labor Movement.

Virgil Pack: Virgil Pack lives in Richmond, Virginia and has worked in the restaurant industry for most of his life. He is an advocate for higher wages and good jobs with Our American Story.

Patience B. Peabody: Patience B. Peabody is the Director of Communications & Chief Storyteller at LIFT.

Alyssa Peterson: Alyssa Peterson is a Special Assistant at the Center for American Progress and a staff member of TalkPoverty. She also serves as a domestic violence advocate.

Stephen Pimpare: is author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and is currently at work on Ghettoes, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen. He teaches U.S. social policy and social welfare history at Columbia University and NYU.  You can follow him on Twitter @stephenpimpare

Will Pittz: Will Pittz is the Executive Director of the Washington Community Action Network, the state’s largest grassroots community organization, where he has been advocating on behalf of low-income people since 2006.

john a. powell: john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide.  His full bio is here.

Kevin Prindiville: Kevin Prindiville is the Executive Director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center.

Barbara Raab: Barbara Raab is a program officer for the Media & Justice initiative at the Ford Foundation. She worked for 30+ years as a journalist across all platforms, including at NBC News, where she was senior producer for the Peabody-award-winning In Plain Sight poverty reporting project.

Jonathan Rapping: was awarded a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for his work with Gideon’s Promise, the organization he founded along with his wife, Ilham Askia. He is also an Associate Professor of Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He is currently serving as the Director of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as Gideon’s Promise and Maryland embark on a partnership to improve criminal justice in that state.

Shiv Rawal: Shiv Rawal is a Special Assistant for the Economic Policy team at American Progress.

Janice Raymond: Janice Raymond is a Registered Dietitian, and the author and co-Editor of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process.

Josie Raymond: is the Academic Affairs Director at College Track in Oakland and a former middle school literacy teacher and poverty journalist.

Dr. Irwin Redlener: Dr. Irwin Redlener is the President and Co-Founder of Children’s Health Fund and a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he serves as the Director of the Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience.

Deirdra Reed: Deirdra Reed is a Senior Organizer with the Center for Community Change.

Jenny Reed: Jenny Reed is the Deputy Director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Angel Rivera: Angel Rivera is a cleaner at Logan Airport and a member of 32BJ SEIU, one of the fastest growing private sector unions in the country.

Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson: The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC, and the former Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire. Follow him on Twitter @BishopGRobinson.

Tracey Ross: Tracey Ross is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress.

Richard Rothstein: Richard Rothstein is a Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law.

Congressman Tim Ryan: Congressman Tim Ryan represents the 13th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Shirley Sagawa: Shirley Sagawa is a Visiting Senior Fellow at American Progress. A presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations, she led the development of new service programs for adults and students, including AmeriCorps.

Barbara Sard: Barbara Sard is the Vice President for Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  She served as the Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Sarah Sattelmeyer: Sarah Sattelmeyer is a senior associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ family financial security and mobility team.

Councilwoman Scott: Councilwoman Scott serves District 1 on Louisville Metro Council. You can follow her on Twitter at @CW_AtticaScott.

Sean Sellers: Sean Sellers has been involved with agricultural labor reform efforts since 2003. He is a Senior Investigator/Monitor and co-founder of the Fair Food Standards Council, the third-party organization that oversees implementation of the Fair Food Program.

Richard Sheward: Richard Sheward is a Senior Policy Analyst at Children’s HealthWatch. Follow @ChildrensHW

Bill Shore: Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. You can follow him on Twitter @billshore.

Barbara Silverstone: Barbara Silverstone is the Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), where she leads the organization’s research and advocacy efforts.

Michael Stoops: Michael Stoops is the Director of Community Organizing for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Chelsea Straus: Chelsea Straus is a Policy Analyst for the Pre-K-12 Education Policy team at American Progress. Follow Chelsea and the rest of the team at @EdProgress.

Kate Scully: is the Policy Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, a research Center at Drexel University’s School of Public Health that finds science-based solutions to hunger and poverty.

Tavis Smiley: Tavis Smiley is the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).  He co-wrote the New York Times best seller, “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto”, and his forthcoming book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of the Last Year in the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” will be released in September.

Rebecca Smith: is deputy director of the National Employment Law Project and works in Seattle.

Ethan Sribnick: Ethan Sribnick is a historian of poverty and social policy, is a co-author of The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City and oversaw the development of PovertyHistory.org. You can follow him on Twitter @ESribnick

Burke Stansbury: Burke Stansbury is a National Organizer for Center for Community Change Action.

Sally Steenland: Sally Steenland is Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

Erik Stegman: Erik Stegman is Assiniboine and an expert in American Indian and Alaska Native policy at the Center for American Progress.

Rich Stolz: Rich Stolz is the Chief Executive Officer of OneAmerica Votes, an organization that promotes democracy and builds political power in immigrant and refugee communities in Washington State.

Tawny Stottlemire: As coalition members of the Kansas Dental Project, Christie Appelhanz and Tawny Stottlemire are working to ensure Kansas becomes the next state to allow mid-level dental providers.

Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH): Gov. Ted Strickland is the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor to the Center for American Progress. He served six terms in Congress and became Ohio’s 68th governor in 2006.

Tracy Sturdivant: Tracy Sturdivant is the co-director of Make It Work, a campaign to advance economic security for working women, men, and families.

Neera Tanden: Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks.

Thu B. Tran, Esq.: Thu B. Tran, Esq. is a Supervising Attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Joe Valenti: Joe Valenti is the Director of Asset Building at the Center for American Progress.

Rebecca Vallas: Rebecca Vallas is the Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, and a former legal services attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Katrina vanden Heuvel  is the Editor and Publisher of The Nation.  She writes a weekly column for theWashingtonpost.com. Her blog “Editor’s Cut” appears at thenation.com.

Kate Ward: Kate Ward is a doctoral candidate and Flatley Fellow in Theological Ethics at Boston College.

Jim Weill: Jim Weill is President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). You can follow @fractweets

Elaine Weiss: Elaine Weiss is the National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA). She works with BBA’s three co-chairs and a diverse task force to shift the focus of education policy discussions from achievement gaps, which are symptoms of our education problems, to opportunity gaps – the root of the problem, in BBA’s view – and to advance policies that address poverty-related impediments to teaching and learning.

Heidi Williamson: Heidi Williamson is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress.

Valerie Wilson: Valerie Wilson is director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color.

Lydia York: Lydia York is an affordable housing activist and researcher, admin of the Facebook group OCCUPY HUD, and blogger. She can be reached at: ldyork@juno.com.

 

Abaki Beck

Abaki Beck Abaki Beck is a freelance writer and public health graduate student from Montana. She is Blackfeet and Red River Métis.

Alaina Leary

Alaina Leary Alaina is an editor, content strategist, and social media manager from Boston, Massachusetts.

Alex Rowell

Alex Rowell is a Research Assistant with the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

Alexandra Sirota

Alexandra Sirota is the Director of the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.

Alexandra Thornton

Alexandra Thornton is the senior director of Tax Policy for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress

Alice O’Connor

Alice O’Connor is a professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara and the author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in Twentieth Century U.S. History.

Alice Vickers

Alice Vickers is the Director of the Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection.

Alice Wong

Alice Wong is a Staff Research Associate at the Community Living Policy Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project. Alice is also an Advisory Board member of Asian Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) and a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability.

Alisha Jarwala

Alisha Jarwala is a third-year student at Harvard Law School.

Alison Harte

Alison Harte is an Associate Director of Family Programs at CSH.

Alison Stine

Alison Stine works as a freelance reporter. She is the author of four books, most recently SUPERVISION (HarperVoyager, 2015), and lives with her son in the foothills of Appalachia.

Alysha Alani

Alysha Alani was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at United Way of King County and New America.

Alysia Cox

Alysia Cox is a single mother (of a five-year-old) and dedicated advocate for low-income families. She currently serves as a Community Development Commissioner for the city of Richmond, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of California, Davis. She is also a 2013-14 Women's Policy Institute Fellow through the Women's Foundation of California.

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis is a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute. You can follow her on Twitter @alyssalynn7.

Alyssa Peterson

Alyssa Peterson is a Special Assistant at the Center for American Progress and a staff member of TalkPoverty. She also serves as a domestic violence advocate.

Amanda Abrams

Amanda Abrams has been working as a freelance journalist since 2008.

Amme Voz

Amme Voz is a Returning Citizen and writer living in Washington, D.C.

Amy DePaul

Amy DePaul is an award-winning journalist and college instructor who reports on public health and poverty in Southern California.

Amy Dunn Johnson

Amy Dunn Johnson is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation.

Andrea Fuller

Andrea Fuller is a mom to two amazing children, a business owner, an advocate for empowering women, and a self-defense and fitness instructor. She has a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. A fighter and a survivor of life challenges, she trains in Krav Maga, teaches CrossKick, makes delicious baked goods for her business, while working on the issues of poverty, hunger, secure housing, human rights, and empowerment of female survivors of abuse and sexual violation. Andrea has been a member of the Hunger Through My Lens project in Denver, Colorado since 2013.

Andrea Morales

Andrea Morales is a documentary photographer based in Memphis, Tennessee. She has worked with a number of publications, including El Sentinel, the Concord Monitor, and The New York Times.

Andrew Marlowe Bergman

Andrew Marlowe Bergman is a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he is working towards a Master’s of Arts in Fiction Writing.

Andrew Satter

Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at the Center for American Progress.

Andrew Stettner

Andrew Stettner is a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation, the home of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative.

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera is a Cleaner at Logan Airport and member of 32BJ SEIU, one of the fastest growing private sector unions in the country.

Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the CEO and founder of PolicyLink.

Angela Hanks

Angela Hanks is the Associate Director for Workforce Development Policy on the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

Angela Maria Kelley

Angela Maria Kelley is the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress.

Angela Pupino

Angela Pupino is a summer writing fellow at the Center for Community Change and a rising college junior studying international relations.

Angela Rosa

Angela Rosa lives in New York.

Angela Sutton

Angela Sutton has been an active member of Witnesses to Hunger since 2008. She lives in Philadelphia and is the mother of two boys.

Anisha Singh

Anisha Singh is the campaign manager for Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress.

Anna Chu

Anna Chu is the Vice President for Income Security and Education at the National Women's Law Center.

Anna Hamilton

Anna Hamilton is a writer and essayist who covers disability, gender, chronic pain, and feminism in her work, among other topics. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and their Yorkshire Terrier, Noodle. You can visit her at her website.

Anne Ford

Anne Ford is a school nurse in Washington, DC

Anne Johnson

Anne Johnson is the Executive Director of Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress.

Anne Kim

Anne Kim is director of domestic and social policy at the Progressive Policy Institute and a contributing editor at the Washington Monthly.

Annelise Orleck

Annelise Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of five books on the history of U.S. women, politics, immigration, and activism, including Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty. She lives in Thetford Center, Vermont.

Annie McGrew

Annie McGrew is a special assistant for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Anthony Newby

Anthony Newby is executive director of Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.

Anusha Ravi

Anusha Ravi is the special assistant for the Poverty to Prosperity team at the Center for American Progress

Aramis Gutierrez

Aramis Gutierrez is the Director of Rutgers Future Scholars.

Areeba Haider

Areeba Haider is the Special Assistant for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at Center for American Progress.

Ari Ne’eman

Ari Ne’eman is the CEO of MySupport.com, an online platform helping people with disabilities, seniors, and families to manage their in-home services. From 2006 to 2016 he served as president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and from 2010 to 2015 he was one of President Obama’s appointees to the National Council on Disability.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan served as the United States Secretary of Education from 2009-2016. He is currently a managing partner at Emerson Collective.

Art Reyes III

Art Reyes III is Director of Training and Leadership Development at Center for Popular Democracy.

Arvind Dilawar

Arvind Dilawar is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Guardian, Vice, and elsewhere.

Ashe McGovern

Ashe McGovern is a Policy Analyst with LGBT Progress at the Center for American Progress.

Ashley Blackwell

Ashley Blackwell is an Emerson Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Ashley Jardina

Ashley Jardina is an assistant professor of political science at Duke University.

Asia Bijan Thompson

Asia Bijan Thompson is a poverty expert at RESULTS.

Audrey Juarez

Audrey Juarez is the Legal Project Coordinator at the Center for American Progress.

Azza Altiraifi

Azza Altiraifi is a research associate for the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress.

Barbara Raab

Barbara Raab is program officer for the Media & Justice initiative at the Ford Foundation. She worked for 30+ years as a journalist across all platforms, including at NBC News, where she was senior producer for the Peabody-award-winning In Plain Sight poverty reporting project.

Barbara Sard

Barbara Sard is the Vice President for Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She served as the Senior Advisor on Rental Assistance to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Barbara Silverstone

Barbara Silverstone is the Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), where she leads the organization’s research and advocacy efforts.

Becky Gray

Becky Gray is an anti-poverty advocate in Southeast Kansas

Becky Kanis

Becky Kanis is a former Army Captain who directs the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which announced that its communities have housed 100,000 homeless Americans since 2010.

Ben Spielberg

Ben Spielberg co-founded and blogs on 34justice about civil rights, economic justice, and a variety of other political issues.

Berenike Schott

Berenike Schott is a graduate worker in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

Bill Shore

Bill Shore is the founder and CEO of the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. You can follow him on Twitter @billshore.

Billy Corriher

Billy Corriher is the Director of Research of Legal Progress at the Center.

Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. He is the author of LOSING OUR WAY: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America, and the moderator of Bob Herbert’s OPED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV. From 1993 until 2011, Herbert was an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, writing twice a week about politics, urban affairs, and social trends.

Bobbi Dempsey

Bobbi Dempsey is a freelance writer from blue-collar Pennsylvania coal country who frequently writes about poverty, income inequality, and other money issues affected the working class. You can read more of her work in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, and others.

Bonnie Neumeier

Bonnie Neumeier is an Over-the-Rhine resident and housing activist.

Brandon A. Dorfman

Brandon A. Dorfman is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and a former cannabis journalist who writes about addiction, drugs, race, and other social issues. His work has appeared in AlterNet, The Fix, MJ News Network, Venture Beat, PotNetwork News, and more and can be found at www.BrandonDorfman.com.

Brandon DeBot

Brandon DeBot is a Research Assistant with the Federal Fiscal Policy division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Brandon Tensley

Brandon Tensley is the Advocacy and Communications Associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Breanne Bambrick

Breanne Bambrick is a Spring Fellow at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Brendan Duke

Brendan Duke is the Associate Director for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Brendan Lynch

Brendan Lynch is a Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. You can follow Community Legal Services @CLSphila.

Brenden Gallagher

Brenden Gallagher is a writer and television writers' assistant based in Los Angeles.

Britni de la Cretaz

Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer living in Boston. Her work focuses on the intersections of sports, gender, and culture and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, espnW, Rolling Stone, and more.

Bryce Covert

Bryce Covert is an independent journalist writing about the economy. She is a contributing op-ed writer at the New York Times and a contributing writer at The Nation.

Bunny Richards

Bunny Richards

is a freelance writer who lives with her husband in Trescott, Maine, where they maintain a porcupine sanctuary, among other things.

Burke Stansbury

Burke Stansbury is a National Organizer for Center for Community Change Action.

Cara Matteson

Cara Matteson is the voice behind Classy Womyn, a newsletter focused on women living in poverty.

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett Carol Burnett is the executive director of the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative, a statewide organization of parents, providers and community leaders working together to improve the quality of child care for all of Mississippi’s low-income children.

Carolyn J. Davis

Carolyn J. Davis is the Policy Analyst for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress and an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. Follow her on Twitter at @carojdavis.

Carrie Sloan

Carrie Sloan is the Senior Research Analyst at the Refund America Project of the Roosevelt Institute.

Cassidy Jensen

Cassidy Jensen is a member of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee.

Cesar Linares Estevez

Cesar Linares Estevez is Director of Community Outreach and Family Ministries at Pioneer UMC in Walla Walla, Washington.

Charles Badger

Charles Badger is a political strategist and freelance writer. He was Coalitions Director for Governor Jeb Bush's presidential campaign.

Chase Ramos

Chase Ramos is an intern with the Postsecondary Education team at American Progress, and a senior at University of California, Riverside.

Chelsea Kiene

Chelsea Kiene is the Media Coordinator at the Center for American Progress.

Chelsea Straus

Chelsea Straus is a Policy Analyst for the Pre-K-12 Education Policy team at American Progress. Follow Chelsea and the rest of the team at @EdProgress.

Chisolm Allenlundy

Chisolm Allenlundy is a student at The University of Alabama and a former intern with the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress.

Chris Massenburg

Chris Massenburg known in the artist community as Dasan Anahu, is a writer, public speaker, activist, poet, performing artist and educator in Durham, North Carolina.

Christine Binder

Christine Binder is the Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at the New York City Coalition against Hunger.

Christine Tran

Christine Tran is a writer and former Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow. She is currently working as an education and school food advocate in California.

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is Director for Financial Security at PolicyLink.

Chuck Marr

Chuck Marr is the Director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Claire Kelloway

Claire Kelloway is a reporter and policy analyst with the Open Markets Institute, where she runs the website Food & Power.

Claire Markham

Claire Markham is the Associate Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

Claudia Flores

Claudia Flores is an immigration campaign manager at American Progress.

Commissioner Julie Menin

Commissioner Julie Menin was the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

Congressman Mark Pocan

Congressman Mark Pocan represents Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Ted Lieu

Congressman Ted Lieu represents California's 33rd Congressional District,

Congressman Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan represents the 13th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee represents California's 13th Congressional District.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third Congressional District. She is the Ranking Member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and she also serves on the subcommittee responsible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Connor Maxwell

Connor Maxwell is a policy analyst for Race and Ethnicity Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on criminal justice, racial justice, diversity, and inclusion issues.

Councilwoman Scott

Councilwoman Scott Councilwoman Scott serves District 1 on Louisville Metro Council. You can follow her on Twitter at @CW_AtticaScott.

Cristina Moreno

Cristina Moreno is the Special Assistant for the Center for American Progress Action Fund War Room.

Cynthia Ann Leimbach

Cynthia Ann Leimbach is an English major, poet and activist at UC Berkeley. She dedicates herself towards the eradication of global poverty on a local level by advocating for low-income students and families within her community.

Dan Lesser

Dan Lesser is the Director of Economic Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Dan Zager

Dan Zager is a member of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee

Daniel Biss

Daniel Biss represents the 9th District in the Illinois Senate. He was the chief sponsor of the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program.

Daniel Hayden

Daniel Hayden is a former intern with the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress and is an MPA candidate at Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

Daniel L. Hatcher

Daniel L. Hatcher is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, teaching the Civil Advocacy Clinic. He previously worked for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and the Children's Defense Fund. He is author of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens.

Daniel Tadmon

Daniel Tadmon is a graduate worker in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

Daniel Ulloa

Daniel Ulloa is a writer and a labor advocate for precarious workers.

Danielle Baussan

Danielle Baussan is the Managing Director of Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Danielle McLean

Danielle McLean is an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C.

Danyelle Solomon

Danyelle Solomon is the Director of Progress 2050 at the Center for American Progress.

Darrah Hall

Darrah Hall is the Special Assistant for the Legal Progress team at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining CAP, Darrah advocated for child welfare reform as an intern with the Senate Finance Committee and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington is freelance writer, performance artist, and writing fellow for the Center for Community Change living in New Mexico . He can be seen in performance here and here.

Daryl V. Atkinson

Daryl V. Atkinson is a Second Chance Fellow with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Department of Justice.

David Ballard

David Ballard is an Advocacy and Field Coordinator at American Progress.

David Cloud

David Cloud is the Senior Program Associate in the Substance Use and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice. You can follow the Vera Institute on Twitter @VeraInstitute.

David Cooper

David Cooper is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. His work focuses on the minimum wage, state labor markets, poverty, and wage and income trends.

David Elliot

David Elliot is communications director for Fair Share Education Fund, which works for an America where everyone gets their fair share, pays their fair share and does their fair share; and where everybody plays by the same rules.

David Madland

David Madland is the author of Hollowed Out: Why The Economy Doesn’t Work Without a Strong Middle Class, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

David Meni

David Meni is an intern at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and a second-year graduate student at George Washington University.

David Newville

David Newville is Director of Government Affairs at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

David Reich

David Reich is a Senior Policy Consultant working on federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, with a focus on issues related to the federal appropriations process and programs funded through it.

Dean Baker

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.

Debbie Weingarten

Debbie Weingarten is a former vegetable farmer and a freelance writer based out of Tucson, Arizona. She is currently a TalkPoverty Fellow and a Safety Net Communications Fellow for the Center for Community Change.

Deepak Bhargava

Deepak Bhargava is Executive Director of the Center for Community Change Action, which uses political advocacy and electoral tools to help low-income people build political power and push for policy changes that improve their lives.

Deirdra Reed

Deirdra Reed is a Senior Organizer with the Center for Community Change.

Delvone Michael

Delvone Michael is on the Tax March Executive Committee and is the Senior Political Strategist for the National Working Families Party.

Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer

Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer represents Maryland's 5th Congressional District.

Devon Genua

Devon Genua is an intern with the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Diana Aviv

Diana Aviv is the CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and third largest U.S. charity.

Diana Bulgarelli

Diana Bulgarelli is a composer, lyricist, and writer. She is the author of a book available on Kindle, Eating Well On the Kidney Diet. Her website is www.redballoonrecords.com.

Donald Cohen

Donald Cohen is Executive Director of In The Public Interest, a national nonprofit resource center on outsourcing, responsible contracting, and best practices for good government.

Donna H.

Donna H. is a home health care worker in Pennsylvania.

Donovan Hicks

Donovan Hicks is the research associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress.

Dorian Warren

Dorian Warren is president of the Center for Community Change Action, a national social justice organization that empowers low-income communities to have a say in the public policies that affect them.

Dorsey Nunn

Dorsey Nunn is the Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Co-Founder of All of Us or None.

Dr. Deborah Frank

Dr. Deborah Frank is the Founder and Principal Investigator at Children’s HealthWatch, and professor of Child Health and Well-being in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Irwin Redlener

Dr. Irwin Redlener is President and Co-Founder of Children’s Health Fund and a Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he serves as the Director of the Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience.

Dr. Jamila Taylor

Dr. Jamila Taylor is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress focused on domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice.

Dr. Mariana Chilton

Dr. Mariana Chilton Dr. Mariana Chilton is a nationally recognized leader addressing child hunger in America. She is an Associate Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch and the Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health.

Ed Bolen

Ed Bolen is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. His work focuses on state and federal issues in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Ed Lazere

Ed Lazere is the Executive Director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss is the National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA). She works with BBA’s three co-chairs and a diverse task force to shift the focus of education policy discussions from achievement gaps, which are symptoms of our education problems, to opportunity gaps – the root of the problem, in BBA’s view – and to advance policies that address poverty-related impediments to teaching and learning.

Elena Botella

Elena Botella is a writer based in Washington, D.C.. Her work, which focuses on economic opportunity and how the financial sector impacts ordinary Americans, has appeared in American Banker, The Outline, and The Charlotte Observer. She's currently traveling the United States interviewing Americans about their experiences with debt.

Elisa Minoff

Elisa Minoff is a policy analyst at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and author of a report about the role of race in family separation.

Elise Gould

Elise Gould is a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.

Eliza Schultz

Eliza Schultz is the Research Assistant for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Elizabeth Brico

Elizabeth Brico is a writer from the Pacific Northwest who covers life after trauma on her blog, Betty's Battleground. Her writing on mental health, addiction, and other topics can be found on HealthyPlace, Vice, Vox, and The Fix, among others. In her free time she can usually be found reading, writing, or watching speculative fiction.

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings is the Deputy Director of the National Disability Institute and the Assistant Project Director of the LEAD Center.

Emanuel Nieves

Emanuel Nieves is the Government Affairs Manager at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

Emily L. Hauser

Emily L. Hauser is a long-time commentary writer covering a range of topics, from domestic politics and policy to the contemporary Middle East. Her work has appeared in a a variety of outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Daily Beast, The Week, The Washington Post online, and The Atlantic online.

Emily Tamkin

Emily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy. Her work has also appeared in The Economist and Slate, among others.

Erica Ayala

Erica Ayala is a New York-based sportswriter and child advocate.

Erica Smiley

Erica Smiley is the co-executive director of Jobs With Justice.

Erica Williams

Erica Williams is the Assistant Director of State Fiscal Research in the State Fiscal Policy division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Erik Stegman

Erik Stegman is Assiniboine and the Executive Director of the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

Erin Currier

Erin Currier is the director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ family financial security and mobility team.

Erin M. Kerrison

Erin M. Kerrison is an assistant professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and an incoming senior research fellow at the Center for Policing Equity. Her research and advocacy work highlights how criminal justice intervention shapes health outcomes for individuals and their communities.

Erin Simpson

Erin Simpson is a Fellow at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and the author of “Digital Dividends: Investigating the User Experience in Chicago’s Public Computer Center System.”

Ethan Sribnick

Ethan Sribnick is a historian of poverty and social policy, is a co-author of The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City and oversaw the development of PovertyHistory.org. You can follow him on Twitter @ESribnick

Eva Rosen

Eva Rosen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, in the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab. She is currently working on a book about housing vouchers in Baltimore.

Evie Litwok

Evie Litwok is the Director of “Witness to Mass Incarceration,” a project dedicated to memorializing America’s 40-year history of mass incarceration. She is a member of the Criminal Justice LGBT Working Group. She is a partner with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA.org).​

Ezra Levin

Ezra Levin is Executive Director of the Indivisible Project.

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of close to 200 human services and faith-based organizations.

Fernanda Durand

Fernanda Durand is a mom who works at CASA de Maryland.

Fredrick McKissack

Fredrick McKissack is a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change.

Gary Crum

Gary Crum is a leader with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

Gary Rivlin

Gary Rivlin is a reporting fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. He is also the author of Katrina: After the Flood, which the New York Times, USA Today, and NPR declared a best book of 2015.

Gbenga Ajilore

Gbenga Ajilore is a senior economist at American Progress.

Gema Galiana

Gema Galiana is a photographer and a performer from Spain, currently based in Los Angeles.

Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson writes for and sells Street Sense. He is now working on a series called “After Katrina.” Visit his website: www.katrinastillstanding.com. His memoir, Still Standing: How and Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of New Orleans is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form.

Gertrudis Lopez

Gertrudis Lopez is a Newark Airport cleaner and a grandmother.

Gov. Ted Strickland

Gov. Ted Strickland is the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor to the Center for American Progress. He served six terms in Congress and became Ohio’s 68th governor in 2006.

Greg Asbed

Greg Asbed is a Co-Founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker-based human rights organization. He works with farmworkers and their student, labor, and religious allies in organizing the national Campaign for Fair Food, a collaboration known for winning agreements with retail food corporations to improve labor conditions in their Florida tomato supply chains. He plays a key role in the development and management of the Fair Food Program.

Greg Berman

Greg Berman Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation in New York and the author of Reducing Crime, Reducing Incarceration (Quid Pro Books). You can follow him on Twitter @GregBerman50.

Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is the Editor of TalkPoverty.org and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Previously, he was the poverty correspondent for The Nation where he wrote his weekly column, “This Week in Poverty.”

Hannah Finnie

Hannah Finnie is the Senior Policy and Communications Associate for Generation Progress, the Millennial engagement arm of the Center for American Progress.

Hannah Leibson

Hannah Leibson is an intern at American Progress.

Hannah Matthews

Hannah Matthews is the director of the Child Care and Early Education team at CLASP. She works at the federal and state levels on child care and early education promoting policies that support both healthy child development and the needs of low-income working parents.

Harry Stein

Harry Stein is the Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Heidi L. Cooper

Heidi L. Cooper is the Resource Development Manager for a reentry organization in Northern Virginia.

Heidi Schultheis

Heidi Schultheis is a policy analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Heidi Williamson

Heidi Williamson is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress.

Hilary Gawrilow

Hilary Gawrilow is the Director of Federal Policy at CSH

Hilary Hoynes

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.

Hon. Jonathan Lippman

Hon. Jonathan Lippman is Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Indivar Dutta-Gupta is the Director of the Project on Deep Poverty at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Ineke Mushovic

Ineke Mushovic is executive director of the Movement Advancement Project.

Jackie Odum

Jackie Odum is the Research Associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Jacklyn Stovall

Jacklyn Stovall is a law student in her home state of Texas.

Jake Faleschini

Jake Faleschini is the director of the Federal Courts Program at American Progress.

James Abro

James Abro James Abro is the author of Facing Homelessness, a personal memoir of homelessness and recovery. He is the founder of Advocate for Economic Fairness and 32 Beach Productions. He works locally with community-based homeless outreach groups, and nationally as an advocate for homeless rights. He is a regular contributor to Rebelle Society, and TalkPoverty, as well as an active member of the New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness and the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey.

Jamie Gullen

Jamie Gullen Jamie Gullen is a Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services.

Jamila Michener

Jamila Michener is an assistant professor at Cornell University. She studies poverty, public policy, political participation, and race. She is currently finishing a book titled Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Political Inequality

Jamison Hill

Jamison Hill is a writer and former bodybuilder. He is currently working on a memoir about his experience with chronic illness. He blogs at JamisonWrites.com.

Janelle Jones

Janelle Jones is an economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute.

Janet Ginzberg

Janet Ginzberg is a senior staff attorney at Community Legal Services Inc.

Janice Raymond

Janice Raymond is a Registered Dietitian, and the author and co-Editor of Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process.

Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden. He is the author of The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity, hosts On The Economy at jaredbernsteinblog.com, and tweets often at @econjared.

Jason Fernandes

Jason Fernandes is a communications and advocacy associate for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress.

Jason Pye

Jason Pye is the Director of Communications at FreedomWorks.

Jeff Foreman

Jeff Foreman is Policy Director at Care for the Homeless in New York City where he advocates for policies to fight, prevent and end homelessness.

Jennifer Caballero

Jennifer Caballero is a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington D.C.

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat is President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Jenny Reed

Jenny Reed is the Deputy Director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Jenny Rowland

Jenny Rowland is the research and advocacy manager for Public Lands at the Center for American Progress.

Jeremie Greer

Jeremie Greer is Vice President for Policy and Research at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

Jeremy Everett

Jeremy Everett is Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University.

Jeremy Haile

Jeremy Haile is federal advocacy counsel at The Sentencing Project.

Jeremy Slevin

Jeremy Slevin is the director of advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress.

Jerome Dillard

Jerome Dillard is a formerly incarcerated person who is the re-entry coordinator for Dane County (WI) and an organizer with Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO), a Wisconsin state group that works to end mass incarceration.

Jessica AcMoody

Jessica AcMoody is a senior policy specialist at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.

Jessica Allred

Jessica Allred is the director of development and advocacy for the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center.

Jessica Bartholow

Jessica Bartholow is a legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty with nearly two decades of experience in anti-poverty organizing, advocacy and program development at the local, state and national level. She is the 2012 recipient of the Wellstone – Wheeler National Anti-Hunger Advocate of the Year Award.

Jessica Eaglin

Jessica Eaglin Jessica Eaglin is Counsel for the Justice Program at The Brennan Center for Justice.

Jillian Edmonds

Jillian Edmonds is an ‎Income Security Fellow at the National Women's Law Center.

Jim Weill

Jim Weill is President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

Jodi Sturgeon

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Joe Entwisle

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Joel Berg

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John D’Amanda Jr.

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John Washington

John Washington is a freelance journalist and translator who focuses on immigration and criminal justice.

Jonathan Huberman

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Jonathan Rapping

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Jono Shaffer

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Josh Hoxie

Josh Hoxie is staff at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Josie Raymond

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Judith Stein

Judith Stein is the founder and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a national nonprofit organization that advances access to Medicare coverage and quality health care for older people and people with disabilities.

Julia Gordon

Julia Gordon is the Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Julian Adler

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Juliana Vigorito

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Kali Grant

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Karla Walter

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Katara Jordan

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Kate Bahn

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Kate Davidson

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Kate Scully

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Kate Ward

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Katherine D. Morgan

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Katherine Gallagher Robbins

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Kevin Prindiville

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Linda Meric

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Lydia D. York

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Madeline Coffey

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Maggie Jo Buchanan

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Maggie Thompson

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Mara Pellittieri

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Marbre Stahly-Butts

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Marc Mauer

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Maria Foscarinis

Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and a board member of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Marian Wright Edelman

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Marisol Bello

Marisol Bello is the senior political writer for the Center for Community Change Action, a non-profit that focuses on ending economic inequality and eliminating poverty.

Mark Bergel

Mark Bergel is founder and executive director of A Wider Circle.

Mark Gomez

Mark Gomez is the founder of The Leap Forward Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Marlon Peterson

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Mary Ellen Sprenkel

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Maryam Adamu

Maryam Adamu is a Research Assistant for the Early Childhood Policy team at American Progress.

Matthew Cortland

Matthew Cortland is a lawyer and writer in Massachusetts. He writes about the law, sex, health care, and disability.

Matthew Gerring

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Matthew Melmed is the Executive Director of ZERO TO THREE.

Maurice Emsellem

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Melissa Boteach

Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of Half in Ten and the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. Half in Ten is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa White

Melissa White is a former child care provider, a Member of MomsRising, and a mother of three. She lives in Flint, Michigan.

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Mia Birdsong is the Vice President at the Family Independence Initiative (FII).

Michael C. Richardson

Michael C. Richardson is the Field Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Michael Hollander

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Michael J. Brewer

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Michael K. Yudin

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Michael Maskin

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Michael Mitchell

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Michael Morris

Michael Morris is the Executive Director of the National Disability Institute.

Michela Zonta

Michela Zonta is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Housing Finance and Policy team at the Center for American Progress. You can follow her @capeconomy

Michele Jawando

Michele Jawando is the Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress.

Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris is a student at the University of California, Berkeley where she studies Sociology, with an interest in urban development and poverty. She is currently interning for the Talk Poverty team.

Mike Elk

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Miriam Pierson

Miriam Pierson is a rising senior at Swarthmore College and a summer intern at the Center for American Progress.

Miriam Staffen

Miriam Staffen is a developmental specialist and parent educator.

Mirka Estrada

Mirka Estrada Mirka Estrada is a high school senior in Dallas, Texas.

Molly Cain

Molly Cain is a Research Associate in the Center for American Progress Action Fund War Room.

Monica Bell

Monica Bell is a Research Associate at the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. An academic article on the research described herein is forthcoming in the Law & Society Review.

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Ms. Matos is a mother of three living in Philadelphia and a client of Community Legal Services, Inc.

Msgr. John Enzler

Msgr. John Enzler is President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Myra Young

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Myriam Alexander-Kearns

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Nadia Hewka

Nadia Hewka is a senior staff attorney at Community Legal Services.

Natalie Pattillo

Natalie Pattillo is a multimedia journalist and photographer in New York. She reports on gender-based violence, gender politics, child care and health care access, food, and culture.

Nate Kratzer

Nate Kratzer is a policy analyst for the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, an organization dedicated to mobilizing the faith community to speak and act to end poverty in the United States. He is also a Ph.D. student in public policy at the University of Kentucky.

Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks.

Nick Buffie

Nick Buffie is an economic policy researcher.

Noah Zatz

Noah Zatz is Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA.

Olivia Golden

Olivia Golden is Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

Our American Story Project

Our American Story Project is a community of low-income families, service providers, and other community leaders working to expand economic opportunity for all through the power of their personal stories

Pat Garofalo

Pat Garofalo is the managing editor at TalkPoverty.org.

Patience B. Peabody

Patience B. Peabody is the Director of Communications & Chief Storyteller at LIFT.

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy is president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation's children.

Patrick Oakford

Patrick Oakford is a Policy Analyst on the Immigration and Economic Policy Teams at the Center for American Progress.

Perpetual Baffour

Perpetual Baffour is a former research associate for the Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress.

Pete Haviland-Eduah

Pete Haviland-Eduah is an Intern at Legal Progress and a Masters candidate at the Gerald R Ford School for Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center, and the Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Philip B. Clapham

Philip B. Clapham is a freelancer writer in New York City.

Philip ME Garboden

Philip ME Garboden is a graduate student in Sociology and Applied Math at Johns Hopkins University. His work focuses on how landlords, developers, and other supply-side actors affect the lives of low-income urban families.

Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath

Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath is a Policy Analyst for the Early Childhood Policy team at American Progress.

Rachel Kershaw

Rachel Kershaw is an intern for the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress. She is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at American University and is originally from Florida.

Rachel West

Rachel West is the director of research for the Center for American Progress’s Poverty to Prosperity Program.

Rasheed Malik

Rasheed Malik is an intern with the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza is a Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Buckwalter-Poza’s writing on law, politics, and policy has been published by CNN, NPR, The Nation, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Daily Beast, and Politico.

Rebecca Cokley

Rebecca Cokley is the director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress.

Rebecca Epstein

Rebecca Epstein is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is deputy director of the National Employment Law Project and works in Seattle.

Rebecca Vallas

Rebecca Vallas is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.  She is also the host of Off-Kilter podcast powered by CAP Action.

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca Wood is a stay-at-home mom and advocate living in Virginia.

Rebekah Gowler

Rebekah Gowler is the Director of Strategic Volunteerism Initiatives at the New York City Coalition against Hunger

Rejane Frederick

Rejane Frederick is an Associate Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

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Representative James E. Clyburn

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Representative Lloyd Doggett

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Reuben Francis

Reuben Francis is an undergraduate political science student from Kent State University and an intern at the Center for American Progress.

Rev. A. Faye London

Rev. A. Faye London is the Interfaith Outreach Coordinator for SisterReach, a Memphis-based grassroots Reproductive Justice Organization.

Rev. Michael Livingston

Rev. Michael Livingston is the Executive Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City.

Reverend Michael Livingston

Reverend Michael Livingston is national policy director for Interfaith Worker Justice.

Rich Stolz

Rich Stolz is the Chief Executive Officer of OneAmerica Votes, an organization that promotes democracy and builds political power in immigrant and refugee communities in Washington State.

Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein is a Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law.

Richard Sheward

Richard Sheward is a Senior Policy Analyst at Children’s HealthWatch.

Robert Beezat

Robert Beezat is a businessman and community leader who serves as the volunteer Board President of Sustainable Edible Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) which is creating jobs related to local healthy food production, distribution, and consumption in Southeastern, WI. He is a volunteer Regional Coordinator for NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice and peace organization located in Washington, DC. He is also the author of Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness.

Robert Greenstein

Robert Greenstein is the founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Robert W. Ballenger, Esq.

Robert W. Ballenger, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Robin Marty

Robin Marty is a freelance reporter and the author of the new book "Handbook for a Post-Roe America," a guide for what to do if and when Roe is overturned and states make abortion illegal.

Ron Pollack

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Ronald Lewis

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Rontel Batie

Rontel Batie is a federal advocate at the National Employment Law Project.

Rory Taylor

Rory Taylor is a contributing writer at Teen Vogue and a Fulbright Scholar studying how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acts as a tool of legal advocacy for indigenous groups.

Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty is President of Community Solutions, which coordinates the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Rosie Flores

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Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson

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Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson is the Associate Director of Economic Campaigns for American Progress.

s.e. smith

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Saba Aregai

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Sady Doyle

Sady Doyle is a freelance writer and author of Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear, and Why.

Sally Hardin

Sally Hardin is a research analyst for the Energy and Environment War Room at American Progress

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Sally Steenland is Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress

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Samantha Cerra is a pediatrician in Roanoke, Virginia.

Samuel Hammond

Samuel Hammond is the Poverty and Welfare Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center, a libertarian think tank that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.

Sara Birchler

Sara Birchler is an intern for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D.

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Sara Greene

Sara Greene is an associate professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law.

Sara Mayeux

Sara Mayeux is the Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Sarah Borgstede

Sarah Borgstede is the St. Louis co-leader at RESULTS.

Sarah Edelman

Sarah Edelman is Director of Housing Policy at the Center of American Progress.

Sarah English

Sarah English is a writer, graphic designer and Communications Project Manager at the Center for Community Change

Sarah Figgatt

Sarah Figgatt is the special assistant on the Poverty to Prosperity team at the Center for American Progress.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Sarah Halpern-Meekin is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sarah Sattelmeyer

Sarah Sattelmeyer is a senior associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ family financial security and mobility team.

Sarita Gupta

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Scott Campbell

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Sean Sellers

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Secretary Tom Perez

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Sejal Singh

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Senator Jeff Merkley

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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Serena Rice is the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey.

Shadi Houshyar

Shadi Houshyar is a senior associate and project director for the Center for Study of Social Policy’s work on preventing and mitigating the effects of toxic stress on young children and families.

Sharita Gruberg

Sharita Gruberg is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress’s LGBT Research and Communiciations Project. You can follow her on Twitter @shugruberg

Sharon Dietrich

Sharon Dietrich is the Litigation Director for Community Legal Services, Inc., in Philadelphia.

Sharon Neuman Murphy

Sharon Neuman Murphy is the Co-Founder and Director of Mary House. Mary House is featured in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "One of the best small charities in the GrSharon Neuman Murphyeater Washington region.” She can be contacted at 202-669-9406.

Shawn Fremstad

Shawn Fremstad is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Sheila Bapat

Sheila Bapat is a recovered attorney and freelance writer exploring economic and gender justice. Her book, Part of the Family, chronicles the rising movement for domestic workers’ rights.

Shelli Nicole

Shelli Nicole is a Detroit-raised, Chicago-based, mermaid-fearing writer whose work on race and culture has appeared in Bustle.

Sherita Mouzon

Sherita Mouzon is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. Sherita is a wife and mother of one daughter, and works as a Peer Mentor for the Salvation Army, running trauma-informed peer support groups in Philadelphia.

Shikima Ray

Shikima Ray is a community organizer, mother of two, and lifelong resident of Denver, Colorado.

Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa is a Visiting Senior Fellow at American Progress. A presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations, she led the development of new service programs for adults and students, including AmeriCorps.

Shiv Rawal

Shiv Rawal is a Special Assistant for the Economic Policy team at American Progress.

Siri J. Colom

Siri J. Colom is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies and Sociology at Connecticut College. Her research focuses on social change and inequality in the city, with an emphasis on urban politics, race, and the environment.

Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell is executive director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community.

State Senator Dwight Bullard

State Senator Dwight Bullard Dwight Bullard is the State Senator representing the 39th District in Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @DwightBullard.

Stephanie Connolly

Stephanie Connolly is the Research Director of Social Security Works.

Stephanie Hydal

Stephanie Hydal is an independent producer of audio documentaries that often draw on her roots in poverty and disability. She has a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and works at a Los Angeles Independent Living Center (sometimes helping disabled community members apply for LIHEAP).

Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land 's work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, is forthcoming through editor Krishan Trotman at Hachette Books.

Stephen Lerner

Stephen Lerner is a fellow at Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative and is one of the architects of the Justice for Janitors Campaign.

Stephen Pimpare

Stephen Pimpare is author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and is currently at work on Ghettoes, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen. He teaches U.S. social policy and social welfare history at Columbia University and NYU.

Stosh Cotler

Stosh Cotler is the CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

Sunny Frothingham

Sunny Frothingham is a Senior Researcher at the Center for American Progress.

Susan D. Greenbaum

Susan D. Greenbaum is a professor emerita of anthropology at the University of South Florida. She is the author of a newly released book about the Moynihan Report, “Blaming the Poor.”

Susan Orlins

Susan Orlins Susan Orlins is an editor at Street Sense. She is also an award-winning journalist and author of Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others. She has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, and Moment Magazine.

Suzanne Kenney

Suzanne Kenney is the Executive Director of Project Place.

Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young is a supervising attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Talley Wells

Talley Wells is Director of the Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. He is Co-Director of the Disability Law Project at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. He is the creator of OlmsteadRights.org.

Tamara Draut

Tamara Draut is the Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, a national think tank headquartered in New York City, and is the author of Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead. Draut's research and writing at Demos have garnered extensive media coverage, including several columns written by Bob Herbert in The New York Times. The author's research, including quotes by Draut, have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, The Chicago Sun Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Des Moines Register, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, and dozens of others. Draut is a regular commentator on working- and middle-class issues and has appeared on the The Colbert ReportThe Today Show, the network evening news programs, and several programs on Fox, including The O'Reilly Factor; CNN, including Your Money; and MSNBC, including UP with Chris Hayes, The Cycle, and The Melissa Harris Perry Show.

Tami Habteyes

Tami Habteyes is a member of Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC.

Tamika Middleton

Tamika Middleton is a life-long social justice advocate, committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppression. In addition to her work as an organizer, writer, performer, birthworker and mother of two homeschooled little ones, Tamika is a Writing Fellow at the Center for Community Change.

Tangela Fedrick

Tangela Fedrick is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a groundbreaking project featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. Tangela is a mother of two, and currently works at a childcare facility in Philadelphia.

Taryn Williams

Taryn Williams is the managing director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress, which works on progressive policies focused on a broad range of anti-poverty strategies.

Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). He co-wrote the New York Times best seller, “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto”, and his forthcoming book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of the Last Year in the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” will be released in September.

Ted Howard

Ted Howard Ted Howard is the Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative. The Collaborative’s Anchor Institution Initiative conducts research on innovative anchor practices, advises city governments and philanthropy on anchor-based economic development strategies, and works directly with anchors to help them monitor and measure the impact they have on their local community using an Anchor Dashboard.

Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci is a labor economist and nationally-recognized expert in retirement security. She is the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz professor of economics at The New School for Social Research and the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and The New School’s Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab).

Teresa Kroeger

Teresa Kroeger is a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute.

Theresa Zhen

Theresa Zhen is a Skadden Fellow at A New Way of Life Reentry Project in Los Angeles, CA where she represents formerly incarcerated and convicted people in criminal and traffic debt proceedings.

Thu B. Tran, Esq

Thu B. Tran, Esq is a Supervising Attorney with Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

Tianna Gaines-Turner

Tianna Gaines-Turner is a member of Witnesses to Hunger, a program hosted by the Center for Hunger Free communities at Drexel University featuring the voices and photography of parents and caregivers who have experienced hunger and poverty firsthand. She is a married mother of three children, and works with children at a local recreation facility in Northeast Philadelphia.

Tiffany J. Huang

Tiffany J. Huang is a graduate worker in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio is a Chef and food-activist.

Tracey Ross

Tracey Ross is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress.

Traci Donnelly

Traci Donnelly is the CEO and Executive Director of The Child Center of NY.

Tracy Sturdivant

Tracy Sturdivant Tracy Sturdivant is the co-director of Make It Work, a campaign to advance economic security for working women, men, and families.

Valerie Novack

Valerie Novack is a nonresident fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson is director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color.

Vanessa Cárdenas

Vanessa Cárdenas is the Vice President of Progress 2050 at American Progress.

Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa Taylor is a writer based out of Philadelphia.

Venorica Tucker

Venorica Tucker is a server in the District of Columbia and a mother of three.

Victoria M. Hilt

Victoria M. Hilt is a Head Start parent at Kitsap Community Resources.

Virgil Pack

Virgil Pack Virgil Pack lives in Richmond, Virginia and has worked in the restaurant industry for most of his life. He is an advocate for higher wages and good jobs with Our American Story.

Vivian Thorp

Vivian Thorp is a community organizer in Berkeley, California.

Wade Henderson

Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Waldon Adams

Waldon Adams is an outreach specialist for Pathways to Housing and a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C.

Wendi C. Thomas

Wendi C. Thomas is the editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. She’s also a senior writing fellow for the Center for Community Change.

Westra Miller

Westra Miller is a public benefits staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Will Pittz

Will Pittz is the Executive Director of the Washington Community Action Network, the state’s largest grassroots community organization, where he has been advocating on behalf of low-income people since 2006.

William Elliott

William Elliott is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Kansas.

Zach McDade

Zach McDade is a researcher and communications specialist at the Urban Institute.

Zachariah Oquenda

Zachariah Oquenda is a Summer Fellow at Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and incoming student at UC Berkeley Law School. He is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Zahra Mion

Zahra Mion is a communications and advocacy associate for the Poverty to Prosperity program at the Center for American Progress.