Professor Peter Edelman
Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton's first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
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 Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's 1980 Presidential campaign. Prior to working for RFK, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that for Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals. He also served as Special Assistant to U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Douglas, and was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner.
Mr. Edelman's newest book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, published by The New Press. A previous book, Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, is available in paperback from the Georgetown University Press. His article in the Atlantic Monthly, entitled "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done," received the Harry Chapin Media Award.
Professor Edelman has chaired and been a board member of numerous organizations and foundations. He is currently chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and board chair of the National Center for Youth Law.
Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. 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.
Ajay Chaudry is a Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy. He has served as a senior policy official in government and led public policy research in his areas of expertise on child and family poverty, children's services, early childhood development and education, human service programs in the social safety net, and immigration policy. Most recently, he served as an appointee in President Obama's administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Prior to that, Dr. Chaudry was the Director and a Senior Fellow for the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Chaudry served as the Deputy Commissioner for Child Care and Head Start at the New York City Administration for Children Services, where he oversaw the city's early childhood development programs serving 150,000 children in low-income families. He is the author of Putting Children First: How Low-wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care, and many articles related to child poverty, children of immigrant families, and U.S. social policies. Dr. Chaudry graduated with an A.B. from Columbia University, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Ph.D. from Harvard 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.
Senior Fellow, Project on Deep Poverty
Nina Dastur is a Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Previously, she served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Union Settlement Association in East Harlem, where her work focused on issues affecting low income people across the life span, including early childhood education, adult education and workforce development, and healthy aging, as well as on strategies to promote civic engagement in social services organizations. Before joining Union Settlement, she spent nine years at the Center for Community Change (CCC) as a Fellow and Senior Policy Analyst. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow at CCC, she created and staffed the Catalyst Project, which provided public education, civic engagement training, leadership development, and technical policy support to grassroots organizing groups to promote equitable development in the District of Columbia. More recently, as a member of the Center's policy staff she provided technical assistance to grassroots organizing groups on campaigns focused on the economy, job creation and job quality, and affordable housing. Prior to CCC, she helped to create and run a poverty policy clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she supervised second- and third-year law students engaged in local advocacy. She started her career as a legal services lawyer, first at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she represented parents involved in the child welfare system and worked on policy issues relating to the intersection of welfare and child welfare, and subsequently at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she represented low income residents in housing, public benefits, and family law matters, and directed the organization's law reform work. She graduated with honors from Duke University and Harvard Law School.
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 Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, 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