The Bridging the Gaps National Conference

Thursday, October 18, 2007

8:00 am - 4:25 pm


8:00 am Registration and Light Breakfast

485 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC


8:20 am Welcome

*Randy Albelda, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston

*Khymi Woo, Scholar, One Family, Inc.


8:30 am Opening Plenary: Introduction to the Project and Findings

Moderator: Liz Chimienti, CEPR

*Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

*Peter Edelman, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

*John Quinterno, Research Associate, North Carolina Justice Center


9:15 amPanel 1: Universal versus Targeted Work Support Debate

Moderator: Heather Boushey, CEPR

*Randy Albelda, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston

*John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

*Shawn Fremstad, Co-Founder, Inclusion

*Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

*Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute (New York)


10:45 amPanel ends. Audience walks to the Top of the Hill Conference Center (1 Constitution Ave, NE) where the rest of the conference will be held.


11:15 amPanel 2: Are Employer-Provided Benefits a Thing of the Past?

Moderator: John Schmitt, CEPR

*Cecelie Counts, Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO

*Laura Dresser, Associate Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy

*Atiba Madyun, Division Director, National Black Caucus of State Legislators

*Carrie Thomas, Policy Director, JOBS NOW Coalition (Minnesota)

*Aliya Wong, Director of Pension Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

12:30 pmLunch

Moderator: Donna Haig Friedman, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston

*Alice O’Connor, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, will discuss research techniques and their impact on policy outcomes


1:30 pmPanel 3: Federal versus State Solutions Debate

Moderator: Michael Ettlinger, Economic Analysis Research Network, EPI

*Frances Deviney, Texas KIDS COUNT Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities

*Ezra Klein, Writer, The American Prospect

*Ed Lazere, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

*Nathan Newman, Policy Director, Progressive States Network

*Sheila Zedlewski, Director, Income & Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

2:45 pmBreak

3:00 pmPanel 4: Finding the Public Will

Moderator: Alan Barber, CEPR

*Meg Bostrom, President, Public Knowledge LLC

*Jen Kern, Director, National Living Wage Resource Center, ACORN

*Phil Sparks, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder, Communications Consortium Media Center

*Ruy Teixeira, Joint Fellow, Center for American Progress & The Century Foundation

4:15 pmClosing Remarks

4:25 pmScreening of “Waging a Living
An in-depth look at the experiences of three working Americans living in the hardships gap. The full-length version of this 26-minute documentary first aired on PBS in August 2006.