Expertise: Poverty, family policy
Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this capacity, she oversees American Progress’ poverty policy development and analysis, as well as its advocacy and outreach work.
Boteach served as the policy lead on The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a book and multimedia platform by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress about the one in three women living in or on the brink of poverty and the public, private, and personal solutions to help the nation push back. Under her tenure, CAP’s Poverty team has launched its annual report tracking progress to cut poverty in half in 10 years, its TalkPoverty.org blog and website, and the Our American Story project, a network of people working to expand economic opportunity through the power of their personal stories.
Prior to joining American Progress, Boteach worked as a senior policy associate and the poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, or JCPA, where she designed, spearheaded, and implemented JCPA’s national anti-poverty campaign, which has been launched in more than 50 U.S. cities.
A Harry S. Truman and George J. Mitchell scholar, Boteach earned a master’s degree in public policy from The George Washington University with a concentration in budget and public finance, as well as a master’s degree in equality studies from University College Dublin. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with degrees in government and Spanish.
Boteach has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN; has been a guest on several radio shows; and is frequently cited in English and Spanish print and online media. She was named as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 for law and policy in 2011.
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|3 Reasons Why Republican Governors Asked to Reform Their Welfare Programs||Center for American Progress Action||September 6, 2012|
|10 Questions for Mitt Romney on Poverty and Opportunity in America||Center for American Progress Action||August 9, 2012|
|New Ryan Plan Would Harm Our Most Vulnerable Citizens||Center for American Progress Action||March 20, 2012|
|President’s Budget Shows Poverty Reduction and Deficit Reduction Are Not Mutually Exclusive Goals||Center for American Progress Action||February 13, 2012|
|House Strip Club Vote Misses the Point||Center for American Progress Action||February 1, 2012|
|The Real Ingredients in Class Warfare||Center for American Progress Action||January 25, 2012|
|The Consequences of Romney’s Tax and Budget Plans||Center for American Progress Action||January 19, 2012|
|Boehner Endangers His Own District with Safety Net Cuts||Center for American Progress Action||July 28, 2011|
|Deficit Reduction on the Backs of the Most Vulnerable||Center for American Progress Action||March 1, 2011|
|A Leadership Deficit||Center for American Progress Action||February 14, 2011|
|Battling Poverty in the Golden State||Center for American Progress Action||October 25, 2010|
|A Challenge to Our Nation||Center for American Progress Action||October 12, 2010|
|Unfinished Business||Center for American Progress Action||June 4, 2010|
|Strategies to Create Jobs for Youth||Center for American Progress Action||March 17, 2010|
|Rebuilding the Economy from the Bottom Up||Center for American Progress Action||February 3, 2010|
|A Dream Deferred?||Center for American Progress Action||January 15, 2010|