Bela Salas-Betsch is a research assistant with the Women’s Initiative working on topics related to women’s economic security. Prior to joining American Progress, she interned on Capitol Hill for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), supporting work on health and human services programs and worked as a project assistant for the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability. Salas-Betsch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in fine arts and design. While in undergrad, she assisted on a research project looking at how state-level policies shaped women’s economic status across place and time in the United States. She is proudly from Philadelphia and loves to thrift shop, draw, and bike in her free time.