Allyson Fredericksen is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Alliance. Allyson has produced state and national reports on living wage standards, student debt, Medicaid expansion, women’s access to healthcare, and the foreclosure crisis. Her research has been featured in local and national media outlets including the New Yorker, Bloomberg BNA, the Huffington Post, Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Portland Business Journal, and more. Allyson holds an M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington with a focus on racial justice and the safety net. Her prior experience includes advocating for increased affordable housing and a strengthened safety net, and research on training outcomes for child care workers in Washington State.


Desiree Omli is a Policy Intern at the Alliance. Desiree is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program at Seattle University. Her focus is on public policy within the criminal justice system, specifically reentry, juvenile justice, and eliminating racial disparities. Desiree holds a B.A. in political science and communications from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law. Prior to transitioning to public policy, Desiree worked at the San Diego Office of the Public Defender and at the Northwest Defenders Division in Seattle.


This study has benefited from contributions from the following: Kathy Mulady, Libero Della Piana, and Jill Reese of the Alliance for a Just Society.

The authors would also like to thank Design Action for their work with layout and graphics design.

Finally, the authors want to thank the organizers at Alliance affiliates for collecting stories and releasing the report, and the storytellers for providing us with a glimpse into the tough realities faced by those with conviction records trying to make ends meet.


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