CLASP President and Executive Director Indivar Dutta-Gupta to Step Down

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2024—The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) today announced that Indivar (Indi) Dutta-Gupta, who has led the antipoverty nonprofit organization as president and executive director since 2022, will step down on June 14th for personal reasons.

“Serving as CLASP’s president and executive director over the last two years has given me an incredible opportunity to continue to advocate for and deepen my lifelong commitment to ending poverty and advancing racial and gender justice,” said Dutta-Gupta. “I know that the world will always be better because of CLASP’s work, talented staff, and committed Board.”

“The Board of Trustees and I respect Indi’s decision to step down and appreciate his dedication to the organization,” said CLASP Board Chair David Hansell. “Indi has represented CLASP exceedingly well by helping shape the public narrative on poverty and social justice before Congress, in the media, with funders, among our allies, and in many other ways.”

Under Dutta-Gupta’s leadership, CLASP raised the visibility of critical antipoverty policy solutions and enhanced the organization’s profile and commitment to ending poverty and advancing racial, economic, and social justice. Through multiple Congressional testimonies and national media appearances, Dutta-Gupta deepened lawmakers’ and the public’s understanding of key policy strategies to reduce poverty and advance racial and economic justice, including a fully refundable and inclusive child tax credit.

Over the past two years, CLASP exercised its influence with the Biden Administration to take executive actions on key policy priorities, including child care affordability and immigration policy that prioritizes family unity. Dutta-Gupta also helped to establish new partnerships with peers and allies and engage in new coalitions—including to extend CLASP’s tax policy and gender justice work—and led work to diversify CLASP’s Board of Trustees.

The CLASP Board of Trustees has named Olivia Golden as interim executive director. She will return to CLASP on July 15th and has agreed to step into the interim role until at least the end of the year.

Golden served as CLASP’s executive director for nearly a decade before Dutta-Gupta joined the organization. She is a former assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and brings over four decades of experience developing policies to improve the lives of families with low incomes.

During the four-week transition between Indi’s departure and Olivia’s arrival, CLASP Chief of Staff Patrick Corvington will serve as acting interim executive director.