About the Authors

BenBen Henry, Senior Policy Associate

Ben has produced national reports on living wage standards, the influence of money in politics, and America’s foreclosures crisis. Ben has appeared on NPR, the Huffington Post and Bloomberg News, with research findings reported on by CBS News, The Hill, ThinkProgress, and dozens of local news outlets across the country. After a 12-year journalism career as an award-winning newspaper production editor, Ben holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.

allyson-224x300Allyson Fredericksen, Policy Associate

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 safety net and racial justice issues. 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.


The study has benefited from contributions from the following: Jill Reese, Kathy Mulady, Jason Collette, and Libero Della Piana, of the Alliance for a Just Society, and intern Lindsay Mahony.

We would also like to thank Brook Hines for her work with layout and graphics design, and Matt Broaddus of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for providing the analysis of job-seekers.

Finally, we want to thank the organizers at Alliance affiliates for collecting stories and releasing the reports in the Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series, and the storytellers for providing us with a glimpse into the tough realities faced by working families trying to make ends meet.



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