Senior Director, Employment Policy



Karla Walter

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Karla Walter is the senior director of Employment Policy at American Progress. Walter focuses primarily on improving the economic security of American workers by increasing workers’ wages and benefits, promoting workplace protections, and advancing workers’ rights at work. Prior to joining American Progress, Walter was a research analyst at Good Jobs First, providing support to officials, policy research organizations, and grassroots advocacy groups striving to make state and local economic development subsidies more accountable and effective. She has co-authored several studies that promote economic development policies that meet workers’ needs and advocate for greater corporate accountability. Previously, she worked as a legislative aide for Wisconsin State Rep. Jennifer Shilling. Her work has been referenced in The New York Times and other newspapers. Walter earned a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Latest by Karla Walter

Higher Pay For Caregivers In the News

Higher Pay For Caregivers

Karla Walter explores how higher home care wages reduce economic hardship and improve recruitment and retention.

SEIU 775, Karla Walter

Service Contract Workers Deserve Good Jobs Article

Service Contract Workers Deserve Good Jobs

President Biden is using his executive authority to build power and improve the lives of contract workers; he can do even more to raise standards for service workers.

Karla Walter, Anastasia Christman

A How-To Guide for Strengthening State and Local Prevailing Wage Laws Report

A How-To Guide for Strengthening State and Local Prevailing Wage Laws

This report provides a road map for state and local policymakers working to create or strengthen prevailing wage laws, explains core features of prevailing wage legislation, and lifts up existing best practices from around the county.

Karla Walter, Malkie Wall, Alex Rowell

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