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Expertise: Economic security, family policy, 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.

By Shawn Fremstad
Trump’s Immigration Plan Imposes Radical New Income and Health TestsCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2018
Trump Plans New Limits on Family Immigration and Access to ServicesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
Disability Benefits Do Not Stop Men from WorkingCenter for American ProgressMay 18, 2017
Trump Preparing to Open New Front in His Dangerous, Misguided War on ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2017
4 Progressive Policies that Make Families StrongerCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
Partnered But PoorCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2016
3 Things You May Have Missed in the New Poverty, Income, and Inequality DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2015
A Fair Shot for Workers with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2015
Valuing All Our FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2015
The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2014
A Simple but Critical Fix Is Needed Now for the Nation’s Disability SystemNational JournalSeptember 11, 2014
Time for a 21st Century Social ContractCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2014
Social Security Disability InsuranceCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2014
Resetting the Poverty Debate: Renewing Our Commitment to Shared ProsperityCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2013
The Facts on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for Workers with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2013
The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared ProsperityCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2012
Maintaining and Strengthening Supplemental Security Income for Children with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2012