Featured Speakers

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made the fight for middle-class families her life’s work, was re-elected to the United States Senate for a second term on November 6, 2018 by the people of Massachusetts. Elizabeth is one of the nation’s leading progressive voices, fighting for big structural change that would transform our economy and rebuild the middle class. 

Amanda Fischer is the Policy Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Prior to joining Equitable Growth, she worked for more than a decade on Capitol Hill in roles related to economic policymaking. Fischer was most recently Chief of Staff for Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA). She also served as staff on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as a policy advisor for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and as Deputy Staff Director for the House Committee on Financial Services for Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Darrick Hamilton is the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy at The New School. Hamilton is considered one of the nation’s foremost scholars, economists, and public intellectuals, and has recently been profiled in the New York Times, Mother Jones magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2017, he was featured in Politico Magazine’s 50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics (and the People Behind Them) issue. He is also a member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation’s inaugural class of Freedom Scholars. Hamilton has been involved in crafting policy proposals, such as for baby bonds and a federal job guarantee, that have garnered a great deal of media attention and served as inspirations for legislative proposals at the federal, state, and local levels. He has served as a member of the economic committee of the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force and has testified before several Senate and House committees, including the Joint Economic Committee, on the nation’s potential policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic–induced health and economic crises. He was also a surrogate and advisor for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and has advised numerous other leading members of Congress, as well as various 2020 presidential candidates.

Lindsay Owens is a fellow at the Great Democracy Initiative, where her writing and research centers on building a progressive economic agenda for housing, climate, labor, and healthcare. She is also the interim Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative. Lindsay has worked in academia, government, and the nonprofit sector for nearly 15 years. Most recently, she served as a Senior Economic Policy Advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Reps. Keith Ellison and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. In these roles, Lindsay was instrumental in crafting and passing legislation to expand the social safety net, increase power for workers, and build a more inclusive economy for all. She has also served as a policy advisor to candidates for state, local, and national office, including on several presidential campaigns.

Kitty Richards is the Strategic Advisor to the Groundwork Collaborative and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she focuses on tax and fiscal policy. She has previously worked on federal budget and tax policy at several think tanks, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for American Progress, and has served as an economic policy staffer on Capitol Hill and in the White House. She also spent several years working at the local level, as Chief of Staff to DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman and as Acting Executive Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, managing staff and working on a wide range of issues including tax and budget policy, workforce policy, housing and homelessness, and paid leave. She contributed to the enactment and implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Act (passed in 2016), which established a social insurance fund for paid family and medical leave for DC workers. The fund began paying benefits in July 2020.