Expertise: Employment; economic mobility; Federal budget; race, gender, and the economy

Lily Roberts is the director of Economic Mobility at American Progress. Her work includes a focus on raising wages; combating economic inequality linked to race, gender, and geography; and building wealth and stability for American families.

Prior to joining American Progress, Roberts worked at Mathematica Policy Research, where she researched federal strategies to support low- and middle-income families. While at Mathematica, she provided technical assistance to Department of Labor programs to pair child care and early childhood education with training and employment. She conducted research on two-generation anti-poverty strategies and public health policy in home visiting, substance use, and psychiatric emergency care.

Roberts received a master’s degree in social work, focusing on community development, from Case Western Reserve University. During graduate school, she interned with the Economic Opportunity and Financial Inclusion team at the National League of Cities. 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 is a former advisory neighborhood commissioner in Shaw.

By Lily Roberts
To save thousands of lives, Congress must extend unemployment benefits and paid leaveMarketWatchDecember 11, 2020
It’s Past Time for Congress To Extend Financial Relief as New COVID-19 Cases SpikeCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2020
Improving the Worksharing System To Absorb Employment ShocksCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2020
Centering Racial Equity in a New AdministrationCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2020
Creating a Postal Banking System Would Help Address Structural InequalityCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2020
You Can’t Afford to Live Anywhere in the United States Solely on Unemployment InsuranceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2020
Coronavirus unemployment benefit extensions should turn off only when economy recoversUSA TodayJune 4, 2020
Building Automatic and Long-Term Economic Relief During the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2020
Observing Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay DayCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2020
Trump’s Newest Budget Would Take Food Away From Working FamiliesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2020
Accelerating Education, Slowing MobilityRealClearPolicyJanuary 7, 2020
Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for LatinasCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2019
The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-June 2019 Jobs ReleaseCenter for American ProgressJuly 3, 2019
Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Exposes His False Promises and Misplaced PrioritiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2019
The State of the Trump EconomyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2019