Senior Director, Employment Policy



Karla Walter

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Karla Walter is the senior director of Employment Policy at the Center for 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

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

President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American Workers Article

President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American Workers

Authors Karla Walter, David Madland, Alex Rowell, Caius Z. Willingham, and Malkie Wall describe how President Trump is rolling back the protections that ensure that Americans can be safe on the job, receive fair pay and benefits, save for retirement, access high-quality training programs, have a voice in their workplace, and not be discriminated against at work.

David Madland, Karla Walter, Alex Rowell, 2 More Caius Z. Willingham, Malkie Wall

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