Cemeré JamesDeputy Director, Work Support Strategies & Senior Policy Analyst
Cemere James is deputy director of the Work Support Strategies project and senior policy analyst at CLASP, where her work is focused on strategies to increase access to public work support programs. WSS is a multi-state initiative led by CLASP in partnership with the Urban Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Cemeré provides strategic leadership to this initiative which gives a select group of states the opportunity to design, test, and implement more effective, streamlined, and integrated approaches to delivering key supports for low-income working families, including health coverage, nutrition benefits, and child care subsidies. She brings to CLASP knowledge of state operations and policy implementation and is passionate about working in social services and policy reform initiatives, specifically related to work supports, early care and education and eliminating poverty.
Before joining CLASP, Cemeré was Lead Operations Specialist on Work Support Strategies in Illinois managing a team that worked with human services offices to improve service delivery and increase access to food and medical assistance programs. From 2009-2011, Cemeré was an inaugural fellow in Illinois Early Childhood Fellows Program where she worked as an advocate for access to quality early childhood education and supported strategic planning initiative.
Ms. James holds a Master of Public Policy from University of Chicago and a Master of Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University, and she earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida A&M University.