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Ending Hunger & Increasing Economic Opportunity in 2021 and Beyond
Join leading anti-poverty and hunger experts for a discussion on the role of public policy following the 2020 election to reduce food insecurity and increase economic opportunity for low-income Americans.

Dec 7, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. LaDonna Pavetti
Vice President for Family Income Support Policy @Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Dr. Pavetti oversees CBPP's work assessing the nation’s income support programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and employment and subsidized employment programs for individuals participating in public benefits programs. Before joining the Center in 2009, Dr. Pavetti spent 12 years as a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., where she directed numerous research projects examining various aspects of TANF implementation and strategies to address the needs of the hard-to-employ. She has also served as a researcher at the Urban Institute, a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on safety net issues, and a policy analyst for the District of Columbia’s Commission on Social Services. In addition, for several years she was a social worker in Chicago and Washington, DC. Dr. Pavetti has an A.M. in social work from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Joel Berg
CEO @Hunger Free America
Joel Berg is a nationally recognized leader and media spokesman in the fields of domestic hunger, food security, obesity, poverty, food-related economic development, national service, and volunteerism. He is the author of the books "All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?" and "America We Need to Talk: a Self Help Book for the Nation." Since 2001, Berg has led Hunger Free America, formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger throughout its many successes. Prior to his work with Hunger Free America, Berg served for eight years in the Clinton Administration in senior executive service positions at USDA. For two years, he acted as USDA Coordinator of Community Food Security, a new position in which he created and implemented the first-ever federal initiative to better enable faith-based and other nonprofit groups to fight hunger, bolster food security, and help low-income Americans move out of poverty.
Beverley Wheeler
Director @D.C. Hunger Solutions
Beverley is responsible for leading the efforts to improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition and increase the availability of healthy affordable food in low-income areas; maximize participation in all federal nutrition programs (SNAP, school meals, early childhood nutrition, WIC, and summer meals); and educate the public about both the stark reality of hunger’s existence in the nation’s capital and the real opportunities for effective solutions. Dr. Wheeler has over 30 years of progressive experience in all phases of public and private sector policy development working in process development, crisis resolution, civic engagement, community/economic development, and planning as well as policy development and implementation. She holds a B.S. in social and decision science, an M.S. in management and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master’s and Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.