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Expertise: Poverty, family policy

Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this capacity, she oversees American Progress’ poverty policy development and analysis, as well as its advocacy and outreach work.

Boteach served as the policy lead on The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a book and multimedia platform by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress about the one in three women living in or on the brink of poverty and the public, private, and personal solutions to help the nation push back. Under her tenure, CAP’s Poverty team has launched its annual report tracking progress to cut poverty in half in 10 years, its TalkPoverty.org blog and website, and the Our American Story project, a network of people working to expand economic opportunity through the power of their personal stories.

Prior to joining American Progress, Boteach worked as a senior policy associate and the poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, or JCPA, where she designed, spearheaded, and implemented JCPA’s national anti-poverty campaign, which has been launched in more than 50 U.S. cities.

A Harry S. Truman and George J. Mitchell scholar, Boteach earned a master’s degree in public policy from The George Washington University with a concentration in budget and public finance, as well as a master’s degree in equality studies from University College Dublin. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with degrees in government and Spanish.

Boteach has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN; has been a guest on several radio shows; and is frequently cited in English and Spanish print and online media. She was named as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 for law and policy in 2011.

By Melissa Boteach
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On 20th anniversary of welfare law, it’s time to change courseThe HillAugust 15, 2016
A Plan to Enhance the Child Tax CreditCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2016
Where States Are and Where They Should Be on Unemployment ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2016
Strengthening Unemployment Protections in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2016
A Progressive Agenda to Cut Poverty and Expand OpportunityCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2016
3 Ways to Tell Someone Is Serious About Evidence-Based PolicyCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2016
A Real Agenda to Cut PovertyReal Clear PolicyApril 22, 2016
A Blueprint for Cutting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in AmericaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
Making the Jobless Hungrier Won’t Help Them Find Work FasterInsideSourcesMarch 17, 2016
Utilizing National Service as a 21st Century Workforce Strategy for Opportunity YouthCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2016
Infographic: Criminal Records Are a Family SentenceCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2015
Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their ChildrenCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2015
Moving America’s Families Forward: Lessons Learned from Other CountriesCenter for American ProgressNovember 24, 2015
3 Things You May Have Missed in the New Poverty, Income, and Inequality DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Anti-Poverty DictionaryCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Provide Greater Economic Stability for Millennial ParentsCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 2015
Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Help Level the Playing Field for Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2015
Enhancing the Child Tax Credit Would Substantially Lessen the Depth of Child Poverty Across StatesCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2015
Harnessing the Child Tax Credit as a Tool to Invest in the Next GenerationCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2015
3 Facts You Need to Know About the Obama Administration’s Proposed Child Support RulesCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2015
Top 5 Reasons Why TANF Is Not a Model for Other Income Assistance ProgramsCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2015
Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost JobsCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling InequalityCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st CenturyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2015
Valuing All Our FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2015
A Framework for State-Level Promise ZonesCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2014
Harnessing the EITC and Other Tax Credits to Promote Financial Stability and Economic MobilityCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2014
The Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2014
The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2014
Time for a 21st Century Social ContractCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2014
Reimagining Our Social Contract: The Safety Net Is Social Insurance for All AmericansCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2014
Improving Economic OpportunityCenter for American ProgressJuly 24, 2014
The Ryan Budget in Sheep’s Clothing?Center for American ProgressJuly 24, 2014
The Speech Rep. Ryan Should GiveCenter for American ProgressJuly 22, 2014
Universal Credit: A PrimerCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2014
Take a Stand for Women and Families Living Paycheck to PaycheckShriverReport.orgMarch 13, 2014
Infographic: Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab for Corporations that Can Afford to Pay Their Employees MoreCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
The War on Poverty: Then and NowCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2014
Food for Thought: New Poverty Data Underscore Effectiveness of Nutrition Assistance as Congress Considers Cuts to Food AidCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2013
Resetting the Poverty Debate: Renewing Our Commitment to Shared ProsperityCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2013
The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the New Poverty and Income DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Infographic: Stop Slashing SNAPCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2013
The House Republican Budget Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Are Bad for the EconomyCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2013
Infographic: Tax Loopholes for Corporate Jets or Investments in Jobs and Education?Center for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2013
Top 5 Solutions to Cut Poverty Proposed by President Obama in State of the Union AddressCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2013
Infographic: House Republican Tax Plan Raises Taxes on Working Families to Cut Taxes for the RichCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2012
The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared ProsperityCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2012
New Poverty Data Provide Key Insights into Fiscal Cliff NegotiationsCenter for American ProgressNovember 14, 2012
5 Things You Need to Know About the 2011 Poverty DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2012
Timeline: Cutting Poverty and the Federal Deficit Is PossibleCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2012
The Right Embraces ‘Big Government’Center for American ProgressJuly 18, 2012
7 Ways the House Farm Bill Slams the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2012
Infographic: The Coverage ChasmCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2012
House Republican Cuts for Kids by the NumbersCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2012
Protecting Wasteful Military Spending at All CostsCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2012
The Real Hunger GamesCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2012
Guest Voz: Three Ways the Ryan Budget Hits LatinosLatinaListaMarch 27, 2012
New Ryan Plan Would Harm Our Most Vulnerable CitizensCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2012
Infographic: Keeping Wasteful Defense Spending vs. Helping VetsCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
House Strip Club Vote Misses the PointCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2012
Infographic: House Appropriations Bill Ignores the Other 99 PercentCenter for American ProgressOctober 13, 2011
Census Data Underscore the Urgency of Enacting Job-Creation MeasuresCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2011
The American Dream Takes a Tough HitCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2011
What You Need When You’re PoorCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2011
Video: Saving WICCenter for American ProgressJuly 28, 2011
10 Reasons Why Everyday Americans Need MedicaidCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2011
Infographic: One Day’s Worth of Millionaire Tax Cuts Would Feed Needy Families for a YearCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2011
Infographic: Tax Cuts for Millionaires vs. Nutrition AssistanceCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2011
Bait and SwitchCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2011
Un Déficit de LiderazgoCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2011
A Challenge to Our NationCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2010
Don’t Cut One Hunger Program to Pay for AnotherCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2010
Let’s Get Serious About PovertyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2010
What the Census Tells Us About the Great RecessionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2010
We Need to Do More to Combat PovertyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2010
A Katrina for the Entire NationCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2010
We Can’t Stop Growing Jobs NowCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2010
As School Ends, Hunger BeginsCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2010
What Gets Measured Gets DoneCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2010
Ask the Expert: Fixing the Federal Poverty MeasureCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2010
Thanksgiving for All AmericansCenter for American ProgressNovember 25, 2009
National Service and Youth UnemploymentCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2009
Extending Help to the UnemployedCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2009
Extending Help to the UnemployedCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2009