Jacob Hacker is Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley and co-director of the forthcoming Center for Health, Economic, and Family Security at U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Hacker is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. His recent books include The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2008); Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality (2007); and The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002).
Dr. Osterman is Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. His research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs. He is the author of Working In America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (2001) and Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do About It (1999), as well as numerous academic journal articles and policy issue papers on labor market policy, the organization of work within firms, careers, job training programs, economic development, and anti-poverty programs.
Barbara Reskin is Frank S. Miyamoto Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and a Senior Faculty Affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center. She has written numerous books and articles on gender and race inequality in the workplace, sex segregation, discrimination, and affirmative action. She is co-author of Nonstandard Work, Substandard Jobs: Flexible Work Arrangements in the U.S. She has served as an expert witness in employment discrimination litigation, and consulted with organizations on issues related to gender and work. Dr. Reskin has served on the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey and on several National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committees. She is past President of the American Sociological Association.
Kris has been Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council (WDC) since its incorporation in July 2000. She came to the WDC with more than 20 years experience managing government and social service agencies, with a focus on employment, training, and self-sufficiency programs for the unemployed and economically disadvantaged.
Michael A. Stoll
Dr. Stoll is Professor and Chair of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. His published work includes an examination of the labor market difficulties of less-skilled workers, in particular the role that racial residential segregation, job location patterns, job skill demands, employer discrimination, job competition, transportation and job information play in limiting employment opportunities. He is co-editor of Barriers to Reentry? The Labor Market for Released Prisoners in Post-Industrial America ( 2007), co-author of Employers and Welfare Recipients: The Effects of Welfare Reform in the Workplace (2001), and author of Race, Space and Youth Labor Markets (1999).
Rucker Johnson is Assistant Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances, including low-wage labor markets, spatial mismatch, the societal consequences of incarceration,and the socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course. He is author of "Wage and Job Dynamics After Welfare Reform: The Importance of Job Skills" (2006) and "Landing a Job in Urrban Space: The Extent and Effects of Spatial Mismatch" (2006).
Mary Jean Ryan
Mary Jean Ryan is the Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Policy and Management.Her office leads many of the City’s high-profile policy development and project management efforts such as the Mayor’s Children and Youth Strategy, Northgate revitalization, South Lake Union, University of Washington partnership, etc. Prior to that, she was Seattle’s Economic Development Director. Mary Jean has a deep interest in education and work force development. She currently serves on the Board of the Seattle Jobs Initiative and on the Seattle School District’s Community Advisory Committee for Investing in Educational Excellence. Mary Jean served in Washington, D.C., in the Clinton Administration as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Economic Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Dr. Sherraden is Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. An internationally known expert in asset development and policy, he is co-author of Can the poor save? Savings and asset building in Individual Development Accounts (2007) and editor of Inclusion in the American Dream: Assets, poverty, and public policy (2005).
Marieka Klawitter is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center. Her research focuses on public policies that affect work and income, including studies of: the effects of child support policies, welfare policies, and anti-discrimination policies for sexual orientation. She is co-author of "Who Is Banked in Low Income Families? The Effects of Gender and Bargaining Power" (2008).
Jennifer Romich is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington and a Faculty Affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center. She specializes in policy research on factors associated with low-income working families’ financial resources and basic research on time, labor and money within families with children . She is co-author of “Marginal Tax Rates Facing Low- and Moderate-Income Workers Who Participate in Means-Tested Transfer Programs.” She is currently Principal Investigator on an ethnographic study of the Seattle Asset Building Initiative.
Dr. Heymann is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy, joint with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at McGill University. Her research focuses on how social policy and social conditions impact health globally; poverty, income inequality and health; trade, labor conditions and health; and public policies and programs for vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on issues of poverty, inequality, and policy implementation. She is the author of "Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy"
Giulia El-Dardiry is Research Assistant with the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. She received a Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto. She has a background in international cooperation and community health, and has worked in program management and community development with international and local NGOs.
Anna Haley-Lock is Assistant Professor of Social Work and a Faculty Affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center. She studies structures of opportunity and inequality in the workplace, program and human resource management in the nonprofit human services sector, and organizational theory and behavior. She is co-author of "Protecting vulnerable workers: How public policy and private employers shape the contemporary low-wage work experience."
Marilyn Watkins is Policy Director at the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle, Washington. She heads the Institute’s Work-Life Standards Initiative, which includes policy research and policy initiatives on paid family leave, minimum wage, and paid sick leave. She is author of "Rural Democracy: Family Farmers and Politics in Western Washington, 1890-1925" (1995) and several articles on the community basis of political reform movements. She has a Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Michigan.
Scott W. Allard
Dr. Allard is Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. An expert on social welfare policy, federalism and intergovernmental relationships, and urban policy, he is author of "Out of Place: The New Geography of Welfare Policy" (2008) and "Access to Social Services: The Changing Urban Geography of Poverty and Service Provision" (2004).
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Steven Smith is Nancy Bell Evans Professor of Public Affairs at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and Director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. A faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center, he is an expert on nonprofit organizations, nonprofit and public management, public policy, comparative social policy, and social services. He is co-author of "Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting" and "Adjusting the Balance: Federal Policy and Victim Services", and co-editor of "Public Policy for Democracy". His recent publications examine government financing of nonprofit organizations, the role of faith-related service agencies in social welfare policy, and the government-nonprofit relationship in the US and abroad.
Jon Fine is president and chief executive officer of United Way of King County (UWKC), the 4th largest local United Way in the country. He came to United Way from the Seattle/King County Chapter of the American Red Cross where he was chief executive officer. He has served on the Seattle City Planning Commission and as a board member of the Group Health Cooperative, the Group Health Foundation and Jewish Family Services. Among his other current civic affiliations, he serves on the board of the Washington Health Foundation, and on the advisory boards to the Puget Sound Blood Center, the University of Washington Nonprofit Management Program and Seattle Community Colleges. Fine has a master of business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Dr. Sandfort is Associate Professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She is an expert on the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. She is author of many policy reports and research papers including co-author of "Collaborative Service Provision in the Public Sector," forthcoming in the Oxford University Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations and "Do the Tools Used by Government Influence Organizational Performance? An Examination of Early Childhood Education Policy Implementation" (2008).
Joaquín Herranz is Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. His research focuses on strategic management of public and nonprofit agencies, inter-organizational networks, workforce development, as well as the intersections of community development and arts and culture. His current research includes studies for The Urban Institute, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, World Bank, and the International Labour Organization.
Robin Arnold-Williams is the state’s Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. With more than 25 years of experience in the human services area, Robin is a national leader in welfare reform and child welfare. Prior to taking up her current position, she served as the executive director of the Utah’s Department of Human Services in the administration of then-Governor Mike Leavitt, who is now head of the federal Department of Human and Health Services. In addition to her work in Utah, Robin also served as chair of the National Council of State Human Services Administrators (within the American Public Human Services Association) from 2001-2004.
Ajay Chaudry is Director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. He previously served as deputy commissioner for child care and Head Start in New York City's Administration for Children's Services. He has consulted widely on the delivery of social services, health care, education, and other programs for young children and their families by government and nonprofits. Dr. Chaudry is the author of "Putting Children First: How Low-Wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care", a 2005 semi-finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University. He has held fellowships from Harvard's Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and Kennedy School of Government.