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Shawn Fremstad

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Disability, economic security, employment, family policy, and poverty

Shawn Fremstad is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He is also a senior research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Ford Foundation public voices fellow, and a consultant on policy issues to various national nonprofits.

Previously, he was deputy director of welfare reform and income support at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and director of the Bridging the Gaps project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1999, he worked as a legal services attorney in Minnesota representing low-income people in legal and legislative matters involving family law, housing, benefits, and other civil issues.

As a consultant, Fremstad has written reports and conducted research for a number of other national nonprofit organizations, including Oxfam America, the National Academy of Social Insurance, Demos, the National Council of La Raza, the National Skills Coalition, Catholic Charities USA, PolicyLink, and the Brookings Institution. Fremstad received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from Concordia College.