Jodie Levin-Epstein

Deputy Director Policy Expertise poverty reduction, workplace policy

Jodie Levin-Epstein is CLASP's deputy director. She plays a key role in national advocacy that has led to the re-emergence of poverty in the public discourse. Ms. Levin-Epstein also focuses on the effect of workforce policies, such as paid leave and workplace flexibility, on low-income people. She is working to mobilize businesses to support new labor standards. She has published numerous publications in this area, including Getting Punched: The Job and Family Clock. She is also author of Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction. Ms. Levin-Epstein created and continues to manage and host CLASP's widely acclaimed national audio conferences on low-income issues. Her earlier work with CLASP included establishing CLASP's reproductive health project.

Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Levin-Epstein was deputy director of Advocates for Youth. She also served as an aide to Senator Dick Clark and as a political appointee at the Department of Agriculture in the Carter Administration. She has served on several prestigious working groups, including a White House Task Force on Hunger and the National Academy of Sciences World Hunger Study Team. She currently sits on the National Advisory Council of the Women's Economic Security Campaign and is a member of the steering committee of a new University of Chicago initiative, the Interdisciplinary Network on Employment Stability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy. Ms. Levin-Epstein is a graduate of Grinnell College from which she received an honorary doctorate of laws.

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