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.