Lily Roberts

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Lily Roberts is the managing director for Economic Policy 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.

Latest by Lily Roberts

Observing Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay Day Article
Store employees check out customers at a supermarket in Miami, May 2018. (Getty/Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group)

Observing Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay Day

March 19 marks how far into the new year minimum wage workers must work to earn the same amount they did in 2009, the year Congress last increased the federal minimum wage.

Lily Roberts, Galen Hendricks, Robin Bleiweis

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas Article
A woman folds laundry for a client at a laundromat in Los Angeles, October 2014. (Getty/Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Short-Changed: How Tipped Work Exacerbates the Pay Gap for Latinas

Latina Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder that Latinas make 54.5 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. New analysis demonstrates that the difference is even starker for Latinas who work for tips: Tipped Latina workers earn 65 percent less than nontipped white, non-Hispanic men.

Lily Roberts, Galen Hendricks

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