Professor Peter Edelman
Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980.
Professor Edelman's most recent book, So Rich So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in May 2012. He previously wrote Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, which was published by Houghton-Mifflin in January 2001. He also co-authored Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men, which was published by the Urban Institute in 2006, and is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth. His article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled, "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done" received the Harry Chapin Media Award.
Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy. Previously, Rebecca served as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Rebecca also worked as a staff attorney at Public Justice, a public interest law firm in Washington D.C., and was Policy Counsel at the National Partnership on Women and Families through a fellowship awarded by the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program. In 2008, she helped lead the women's issues committee of the Obama campaign, with a particular focus on work/family issues. Rebecca clerked for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Rebecca received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was awarded a fellowship from the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, and was awarded Best Brief and Best Oralist at the school-wide moot court competition. She received her B.A. in history with honors from Brown University.
Director, Project on Deep Poverty and Senior Fellow
Indivar Dutta-Gupta is Director of the Project on Deep Poverty and Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy. Previously, Indivar was Project Director at Freedman Consulting, LLC, leading strategic initiatives for major philanthropies, children’s groups, and workers’ organizations.
Indivar served as Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on budget and tax policies and cross-cutting low-income issues. Earlier, he focused on safety net, tax, and social insurance programs and policies as U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Professional Staff.
As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Indivar worked for DC Hunger Solutions and the Center for American Progress. Indivar is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and has been named a First Focus Campaign for Children Champion for Children, as well as one of Washington Life magazine’s most Influential 40-And-Under Leaders. Indivar is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Program Assistant, Project on Deep Poverty
Kali Grant is the Program Assistant for the Project on Deep Poverty. Previously, Kali was an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Shriver Center, where she focused on economic justice and asset-building policies that support low-income families and individuals.
Kali graduated with Research Distinction from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Kali was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State chapter of Her Campus, a national online newsmagazine for college women. She also served as a research assistant at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, where she identified food innovation trends among private U.K. retailers with a long-term focus on policy implications for corporate social responsibility, childhood obesity, and consumer behavior and choice. As an intern for the Institute on Women, Kali provided research on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in Ohio.