Jodie Levin-EpsteinDeputy Director Policy Expertise poverty reduction, workplace policy
Ms. 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, and she researches state efforts to set targets for poverty reduction. Ms. Levin-Epstein also focuses on the effect of workforce policies, such as paid leave and workplace flexibility, on low-income people. She is involved in efforts to create paid sick days legislation, 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. And she contributed to Mother Load, a special report by American Prospect magazine. Ms. Levin-Epstein created and continues to manage and host CLASP's widely acclaimed national audio conferences on low-income and poverty-related issues. Her earlier work with CLASP included establishing CLASP's reproductive health project. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Levin-Epstein was the deputy director of Advocates for Youth. She also served as an aide to Sen. 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 is currently 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.