Prior to joining CLASP, Indivar “Indi” Dutta-Gupta was the co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality (GCPI), where he led work to develop and advance policy recommendations that alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion for all people in the United States. While at GCPI, he grew the organization’s staff from 1 to 19 and its budget from around $240,ooo to $2.75 million.
Indi serves as a board member for two nonpartisan groups, Indivisible Civics and the National Academy of Social Insurance, and as an advisor for the Aspen Institute’s Benefits 21 Initiative. Previously, he was a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Children and Families Research Advisory Group, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty Reduction (Canada), the Research Task Force for the Gates Foundation’s Post-Secondary Value Commission, and the Poverty, Employment, and Economic Self-Sufficiency Network (United States). Prior to joining GCPI, Indi led strategic initiatives for major philanthropies, children’s groups, and workers’ organizations as project director at Freedman Consulting, LLC. Before that role, he was senior policy advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues.
Earlier in his career, Indi served as Ways and Means Committee Professional Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support. Indi was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow and then a consultant to the Poverty Task Force at the Center for American Progress and a Food Stamp Outreach Specialist at D.C. Hunger Solutions. Indivar received his BA with honors from the University of Chicago in Law, Letters, and Society and in Political Science and was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar (2004).
Indivar has been named a Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children and was awarded the Congressional Hunger Center Alumni Leadership Award (2016). He was named one of Washington Life magazine’s most Influential 40-And-Under Leaders (2013) and Rising Stars 40 And Under (2016, 2017). Indi has been quoted or published in a range of outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, POLITICO, the Washington Post, and Univision. He has advised presidential and Congressional candidates and campaigns on various social and economic policies.
He lives in Washington, DC, with his partner, Shally, and their two children.