"We know how to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty. Investing in food, health care, and economic security for all will pay off in healthier people, a growing economy, and stronger communities. What we need is collective will to make it happen."
Elizabeth Lower-Basch is director of CLASP's income and work supports team. In this role, she leads a team of experts focused on federal and state cash assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, and refundable tax credits, and how they impact the lives of people with low-incomes. Ms. Lower-Basch has expertise in both federal policy development and in effective and cross-cutting implementation of federal policy. She also co-chairs the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign, a multi-organizational campaign dedicated to protecting access to income and work supports programs for immigrants and their families. From 1996 to 2006, Ms. Lower-Basch worked for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, she was a lead policy analyst, supporting legislative and regulatory processes during the implementation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant and managing research projects. She received a bachelor’s degree in History from Yale University, writing her thesis on pro- and anti-immigrant tendencies in the 19th century American labor movement and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.