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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.

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Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Arizona Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Arizona communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Arizonans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

West Virginia Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on West Virginia communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class West Virginians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Ohio Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Ohio Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Ohio communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Ohioans are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

North Carolina Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

North Carolina Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on North Carolina communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class North Carolinians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Florida Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Florida Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Florida communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Floridians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Pennsylvania Needs the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Pennsylvania communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Pennsylvanians are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Michigan Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet
 (A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 13, 2020.)

Michigan Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Michigan communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Michiganders are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

Wisconsin Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet

Wisconsin Supports—and Needs—the American Rescue Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant economic recession are still wreaking havoc on Wisconsin communities. President Biden and Congress must act boldly to ensure that working-class Wisconsinites are able to weather the storm.

Ryan Zamarripa, Lily Roberts

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