Expertise: Workforce development and income security policy

Livia Lam is a senior fellow and the director of Workforce Development at American Progress. Previously, Lam served as the legislative director for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Other political appointments include serving as senior labor policy adviser on trade, income security, and workforce policy for House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-CA), where she was key architect and communicator of the Democratic alternative proposal to reauthorize the nation’s federal job training program that subsequently led to successful passage of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Lam also served as labor policy adviser on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee for Chairman Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA). In addition, Lam was the deputy director for intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. Lam began her career in Congress as the King County outreach director and then legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

In addition, Lam has worked for the Learning Policy Institute as a senior adviser, co-authoring several pieces on community schools, equity, and accountability in education policy. As the senior manager of community and government affairs at SEIU 775NW, Lam worked with Congress to help incubate the SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership. Lam was previously a research assistant for the Brennan Center for Justice as well as the Center for Work-Life Policy. Lam holds a doctorate and Master of Philosophy in urban and public policy from the New School, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in human services from Western Washington University.

By Livia Lam
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