Managing Director



Lily Roberts

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Lily Roberts is the managing director of the Poverty to Prosperity team at American Progress. Her work focuses on raising wages; combating economic inequality linked to race, gender, and geography; and building wealth and stability for American families. She is the former managing director for economic policy and director of economic mobility at American Progress. She has appeared on CNBC, NPR, and Politico to discuss economic justice and the labor market.

Prior to joining American Progress, Roberts worked at Mathematica Policy Research, where she researched federal strategies to support low- and middle-income families.

Roberts received a master’s degree in social work, focusing on community development, from Case Western Reserve University. Her undergraduate degree in military history and English is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roberts has served as a case manager at a Washington, D.C., social services nonprofit and was previously an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Shaw.

Latest by Lily Roberts

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas Article
A woman folds laundry for a client at a laundromat in Los Angeles, October 2014. (Getty/Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas

Latina Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder that Latinas make 54.5 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. New analysis demonstrates that the difference is even starker for Latinas who work for tips: Tipped Latina workers earn 65 percent less than nontipped white, non-Hispanic men.

Lily Roberts, Galen Hendricks

The State of the Trump Economy Article
Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during an event in Warren, Michigan, on March 4, 2016. (Getty/Scott Olson)

The State of the Trump Economy

In his State of the Union address, President Trump will try to take credit for a growing economy; in reality, he has done everything he can to direct those gains to the wealthy few.

Lily Roberts, Andy Green