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Expertise: Poverty, disability, Social Security, criminal justice and re-entry policy

Rebecca Vallas is the Managing Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. Before joining American Progress, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, or NOSSCR, where her work was devoted to preserving and strengthening Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for workers with disabilities. Prior to that, Vallas worked directly with low-income individuals and communities for several years as a legal aid attorney and policy advocate at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she was named a Skadden Fellow and a Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging. She is also a past co-chair of the national Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force.

Vallas has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, PBS, and Al Jazeera America, and NPR, as well as several local television and radio outlets, and she is frequently quoted in national and local media. She is the author of numerous briefs and articles on poverty, income security, disability, and criminal justice policy, and frequently testifies before Congress. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was the inaugural recipient of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s New Leaders in Advocacy Award. She was twice named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for Law & Policy, in 2011 and 2014.

Vallas received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

By Rebecca Vallas
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Toward a Dignified Retirement for AllCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2016
What No One’s Talking About in the New Poverty DataSpotlight on Poverty and OpportunitySeptember 13, 2016
Want to Reduce Crime? Raise Wages.Morning ConsultAugust 30, 2016
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
Creating Safe and Healthy Living Environments for Low-Income FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2016
Disabled Behind BarsCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2016
A Progressive Agenda to Cut Poverty and Expand OpportunityCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2016
Yet Another Reason Raising the Social Security Retirement Age Is a Terrible IdeaCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2016
3 Reasons Why We Should Certify All Paid Tax PreparersCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2016
A Blueprint for Cutting Poverty and Expanding Opportunity in AmericaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
Forfeiting the American DreamCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2016
Making the Jobless Hungrier Won’t Help Them Find Work FasterInsideSourcesMarch 17, 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
Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2015
Investing in Millennials Through an Economy that Works for AllCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2015
Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years LaterTalkPoverty RadioAugust 28, 2015
Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Provide Greater Economic Stability for Millennial ParentsCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 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
Social Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2015
Top 5 Reasons Why TANF Is Not a Model for Other Income Assistance ProgramsCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2015
Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to WorkCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2015
Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling InequalityCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2015
A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st CenturyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2015
A Fair Shot for Workers with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2015
One Strike and You’re OutCenter for American ProgressDecember 2, 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
A Simple but Critical Fix Is Needed Now for the Nation’s Disability SystemNational JournalSeptember 11, 2014
Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and MobilityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
Time for a 21st Century Social ContractCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2014
The Ryan Budget in Sheep’s Clothing?Center for American ProgressJuly 24, 2014
Social Security Disability InsuranceCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2014
The Facts on Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for Workers with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2013
Maintaining and Strengthening Supplemental Security Income for Children with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2012