Economic Security Webinar: Reimagining Poverty

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Join us for our fifth webinar on pathways to greater economic security for women and their families. In presenting this webinar series, we aim to stimulate research ideas, identify areas for partnerships among researchers and members of the policy and advocacy community, and set an agenda towards greater social investments for low-income women and their families.


Melissa Boteach, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Emily Ryder, Single Stop USA
Shyama Venkateswar, National Council for Research on Women (moderator)

Melisssa Boteach's presentation "What gets measured gets done," will provide an overview of the forthcoming supplemental poverty measure, what it can and cannot tell us, how it can be used to drive policy solutions to improve outcomes for low-income families, and action steps to move the dial in the right direction. Emily Ryder will explore poverty alleviation through the integration of multiple benefits access and higher education, paying particular attention to community college retention and economic mobility.

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Melissa Boteach is the Half in Ten Manager at the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP). Half in Ten is designed to build the political and public will to reduce poverty by promoting decent work, providing opportunity for all, building wealth, and increasing economic security. Prior to joining CAP, Melissa worked as a senior policy associate and the Poverty Campaign Coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Melissa designed, spearheaded, and implemented JCPA’s national anti-poverty campaign, which has been launched in more than 50 U.S. cities and co-chaired the national effort, “Fighting Poverty with Faith” a project endorsed by over 20 national faith-based organizations and nearly 100 communities across the country to elevate the issue of poverty in the 2008 elections. Melissa earned a master's degree in equality studies from University College Dublin. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with degrees in government and Spanish.

Emily Ryder is a Policy and Evaluation Fellow at Single Stop USA. She joined in April 2010 and has been involved with numerous policy initiatives to improve coordinated benefits access for low-income individuals and families. She also provides data analysis for Single Stop sites and works to advance state and local government partnerships. She is currently working on a policy brief exploring integrated benefits and financial counseling for low-income students at Community Colleges. Emily is also a full-time student at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and is looking forward to graduating this May, with a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Policy Analysis.