Melissa Boteach is Director of Half in Ten and the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this capacity she coordinates “Half in Ten: The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years.” Previously, Melissa worked as a senior policy associate and poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), where she represented the JCPA to Congress, the administration, and in coalition on issues related to poverty, the federal budget, hunger, housing, and health care. A Harry S. Truman and George J. Mitchell Scholar, Melissa 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. Melissa has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN,The Thom Hartmann Show, and been a guest on several radio shows. She is frequently cited in 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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