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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.

By Melissa Boteach
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Building Local Momentum for National ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 17, 2014
Resetting the Poverty Debate: Renewing Our Commitment to Shared ProsperityCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 29, 2013
The Right Choices to Cut Poverty and Restore Shared ProsperityCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 19, 2012
Romney-Ryan Plan Slams the Poor, Showers More Money on the RichCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 11, 2012
3 Reasons Why Republican Governors Asked to Reform Their Welfare ProgramsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 6, 2012
10 Questions for Mitt Romney on Poverty and Opportunity in AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 9, 2012
New Ryan Plan Would Harm Our Most Vulnerable CitizensCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 20, 2012
President’s Budget Shows Poverty Reduction and Deficit Reduction Are Not Mutually Exclusive GoalsCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 13, 2012
House Strip Club Vote Misses the PointCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 1, 2012
The Real Ingredients in Class WarfareCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 25, 2012
The Consequences of Romney’s Tax and Budget PlansCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 19, 2012
Boehner Endangers His Own District with Safety Net CutsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 28, 2011
Deficit Reduction on the Backs of the Most VulnerableCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 1, 2011
A Leadership DeficitCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 14, 2011
Battling Poverty in the Golden StateCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 25, 2010
A Challenge to Our NationCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 12, 2010
Unfinished BusinessCenter for American Progress ActionJune 4, 2010
Strategies to Create Jobs for YouthCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 17, 2010
Rebuilding the Economy from the Bottom UpCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 3, 2010
A Dream Deferred?Center for American Progress ActionJanuary 15, 2010