Pronita Gupta to Lead CLASP’s Job Quality Team

Washington, D.C.—I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Pronita Gupta as the new director of CLASP’s Job Quality policy team. Pronita joins CLASP after her role as deputy director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor where she was a leader in designing and implementing policies to help women and low-wage workers advance in the labor force. She played a key role in the Obama Administration’s path-breaking grant program to promote paid family and medical leave at the state level and brings deep expertise in CLASP’s other job quality issues, including paid sick days and fair scheduling.

Pronita’s distinguished career reflects her commitment to labor force opportunities and fair standards for low-wage workers, women, and people of color, along with her deep knowledge of community and labor organizing, program design, planning, and implementation, as well as research. Prior to her role at the Women’s Bureau, Pronita served as senior director of programs for the Women’s Donor Network and earlier as research director for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. She also has extensive experience in community and labor organizing through her leadership roles at SCOPE, a nationally recognized organizing and progressive movement building organization in Los Angeles; the Living Wage Campaign at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE); and at the Institute for Southern Studies, a progressive regional think tank in Durham, where she served as both executive director of the organization and publisher of Southern Exposure magazine. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University

I am thrilled that Pronita will join us on March 27. With her extraordinary background and deep commitment to CLASP’s mission and the job quality agenda, I look forward to all she will contribute to CLASP and all she will accomplish for low-wage workers in the very challenging times ahead.

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. With nearly 50 years of trusted expertise, a deeply knowledgeable staff, and a commitment to practical yet visionary approaches to opportunity for all, CLASP lifts up the voices of poor and low-income children, families, and individuals, equips advocates with strategies that work, and helps public officials put good ideas into practice. The organization’s solutions directly address the barriers that individuals and families face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status, in addition to low income. For more information, visit www.clasp.org and follow @CLASP_DC.