Partnership Member Biographies
David T. Ellwood, Chair
Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy
Harvard Kennedy School
David Ellwood is the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 1993 to 1995, he was assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and he was cochair of President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support, and Independence. Ellwood is a labor economist who focuses on poverty, welfare, and family structure change. His work has been credited with significantly influencing public policy in the United States and abroad.
President and CEO
Economic Mobility Pathways
Beth Babcock is President and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a Boston-based national nonprofit organization whose mission is to move families out of poverty and help other organizations do the same. Since 2009, EMPath’s brain science–informed antipoverty approach, Mobility Mentoring™, has radically improved economic mobility outcomes for participants and has been endorsed and adopted by state governments, nonprofit organizations, national foundations, and academic institutions.
Rock Creek Global Advisors
Joshua Bolten served in government for 20 years. Under President George W. Bush, he was deputy chief of staff for policy, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and chief of staff.
After leaving the White House in 2009, Bolten spent two years teaching at Princeton University. In 2011, he cofounded Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy consulting firm, where he is managing director. Bolten serves on the boards of Emerson Electric, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the ONE Campaign.
Arthur C. Brooks
American Enterprise Institute
Arthur Brooks is a social scientist, author, and president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. An economist and contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, he has published 11 books and hundreds of articles on topics from economics and free enterprise to human happiness. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.
Before becoming AEI's president, Brooks held the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University.
William J. Bynum
Chief Executive Officer
Hope Enterprise Corporation
Bill Bynum is CEO of HOPE, a credit union, loan fund, and policy center dedicated to improving lives in the Delta, home to some of America’s most entrenched poverty. Previously, Bynum helped establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and built nationally recognized programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Bynum has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on development finance matters, serving for 10 years as chairman of the Treasury Department's Community Development Advisory Board. He currently chairs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board.
Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and codirector of the Public Economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Chetty is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under age 40.
The Reverend Luis Cortés, Jr.
Founder, President, and CEO
Reverend Luis Cortés and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity founded Esperanza in 1986. He serves on several boards, including Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and the Kimmel Center. He has served on advisory committees to Presidents Bush and Obama and was featured as one of Time’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.” Cortés has written several books and has won numerous awards for community, economic development, and advocacy work.
Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Jennifer Eberhardt is a social psychologist and faculty member at Stanford University. For two decades, her research has focused on racial bias and stereotyping, especially in the context of criminal justice. She assists law enforcement agencies and policymakers with criminal justice reform. Eberhardt is a faculty director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions), a Stanford center designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to address significant social problems across several domains. In 2014, Eberhardt was named a MacArthur Fellow and one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Kathryn Edin’s work uses mixed-method approaches to provide new insight into the lives of America’s urban poor. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Margaret Mead Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work or other qualitative researchers: How do single mothers survive on welfare? Why do these women end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers, and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of single mothers changed as a result of the 1996 federal welfare reform?
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Robert Greenstein is the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a policy institute that focuses on federal and state fiscal policy and on programs and policies to reduce poverty and improve conditions for people with limited means.
Previously, Greenstein was administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service at the US Department of Agriculture, where he directed the agency that operates the food stamp, school lunch, and other nutrition programs. He also was a member of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform in 1994 and a 1996 MacArthur Fellow.
Cheryl L. Hyman
City Colleges of Chicago
Cheryl Hyman, as chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, is responsible for managing a $700-million budget, overseeing nearly 5,500 employees, and ensuring the success of more than 100,000 students annually. Since she launched a Reinvention of City Colleges in 2010, the graduation rate has more than doubled and degrees awarded annually are the highest in City Colleges’ history. With Mayor Emanuel, she launched two signature initiatives: College to Careers, which partners faculty and staff with over 150 companies and universities to align curriculum with workforce demand, and the Star Scholarship, through which hundreds of Chicago Public School graduates receive free college each year.
Anthony B. Iton
Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities
The California Endowment
Anthony B. Iton is senior vice president for healthy communities at The California Endowment, the state’s largest private health foundation. His primary focus is the foundation’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative.
Iton was previously the director and health officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. He oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and life span in many of California’s low-income communities. Iton was also a physician in internal medicine for Stamford (Connecticut) Hospital’s HIV Clinic, a primary care physician, and director of Health and Human Services and School Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford.
Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics
Lawrence Katz is the Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on labor economics and the economics of social problems. He is coauthor of The Race between Education and Technology, a history of US economic inequality. Katz studies the impacts of neighborhood poverty on low-income families as the principal investigator of the long-term evaluation of the Moving to Opportunity program, a randomized housing mobility experiment. He is the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Co-Scientific Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, North America.
N. Gregory Mankiw
Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics
N. Gregory Mankiw is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is an active participant in academic and policy debates. His textbooks, Macroeconomics and Principles of Economics, have sold over 2 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. Mankiw has also been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adviser to the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and New York. From 2003 to 2005, he was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo is director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and codirector of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She cofounded NDWA in 2007 and was instrumental in securing New York’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2011, she worked to launch Caring Across Generations to ensure access to affordable care for the aging population and to quality jobs for the caregiving workforce. One of Time’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012 and a recent recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Poo is author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
john a. powell
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
john a. powell is director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. He led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to racialized spaces in education, health, health care, and employment. A prolific author and speaker, powell’s most recent book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. He also founded the Perception Institute, which was one of the first consortiums to focus on implicit bias and the mind science outside the academy. More recently, powell has been looking at issues of marginality and structural inclusion through the lens of othering and belonging.
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School
Cecilia Rouse is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education at Princeton University. She is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a member of the board of directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education.
President and CEO
Instituto del Progreso Latino
Juan Salgado is president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto). Over the past 15 years, he has led Instituto through a period of national award–winning recognition and historic organizational growth spurred by a focus on creating partnerships, enhancing core competencies,leading innovation, providing quality services, and participating in targeted advocacy. Under his direction, Instituto has established national best-practice educational and workforce models and earned the 2009 National Council of La Raza Affiliate of the Year. In 2011, the White House recognized Salgado as one of 13 people nationally serving as Champions of Change for social innovation in their communities. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2015 for his strong community leadership and his innovative approach to education in the Latino immigrant community.
William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, director of Princeton’s Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy, and scientific director at ideas42, a behavioral science lab. He is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Behavior, and former member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2013.
Srinija Srinivasan is cofounder of Loove, a developing venture in Brooklyn, New York, supporting a sustainable model for producing, presenting, and distributing music. She serves on the board of trustees of Stanford University and on the Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama. In 1995, Srinija joined Yahoo! Inc. as one of its first five employees, where she was vice president and editor in chief until stepping down in 2010. She chaired the board of the nonprofit SFJAZZ through the planning and campaign for the SFJAZZ Center, and is a member of the 2000 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Maurice P. During '22 Professor of Demographic Studies; Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Marta Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, a professor of sociology and public affairs, and a research associate in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is past president of the Population Association of America and is an independent trustee of the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association, the Jacobs Foundation of Switzerland, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Population Reference Bureau. Her research addresses ethno-racial differences in social inequality.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jeremy Travis is a national expert on criminal justice, a lawyer, an educator, and a public servant. He launched a national research program on prisoner reentry at the Urban Institute, directed the National Institute of Justice, held high-level positions in the New York City Police Department and the Mayor's office, clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Court of Appeals, and worked for the Vera Institute of Justice. He was chair of the National Academy of Sciences consensus panel that produced The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.
President and CEO
Roxane White was appointed president and CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership in November 2014 after spending more than 20 years developing programs in California and Colorado for homeless and runaway youth. In 2003, White became executive director of Denver Human Services under Mayor Hickenlooper. In 2009, White became chief of staff to Mayor Hickenlooper and continued in that role during his first term as Colorado governor.
New York University
Hirokazu Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood development, and poverty reduction on child and youth development in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. He codirects the Global TIES for Children Center at New York University, devoted to research on programs and policies for children in low-income and conflict-affected countries. He is the cochair of the education workgroup of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research and technical group advising the Secretary-General on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.