Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
Kirsten Lodal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, LIFT
Eric Schnurer, President, Public Works LLC
Eldar Shafir, Founder, ideas42, and Professor, Princeton University
Angela Glover Blackwell
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Kirsten Lodal co-founded LIFT in 1998 as a sophomore in college and has devoted herself since then to guiding the development of LIFT’s innovative program model.
Eric B. Schnurer, president of Public Works, has been helping governors and other high-level government decision-makers realize budgetary savings since 1993, when he served as chief-of-staff to the acting governor of Pennsylvania. Since then, Eric helped make Public Works one of the leading public sector management consulting firms in the country offering policy, performance and efficiency reviews of government agencies to realize cost savings. As chief-of-staff, Eric personally oversaw design of the acting governor’s budget proposal, including detailed savings across the state government to pay for a large business tax cut. Prior to that, Eric served as a speechwriter, policy advisor, and/or legal counsel to over a dozen governors, U.S. senators, and presidential candidates.
Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and co-founder and scientific director at ideas42. He conducts empirical research in behavioral economics, and is interested in decision-making in contexts of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to policy. He is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. He recently edited a book called “The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy,” and has co-authored a book called “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much."
Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Business Channel. Thompson has written for Slate, BusinessWeek, and the Daily Beast. He has also appeared as a guest on radio and television networks, including NPR, the BBC, CNBC, and MSNBC.
William Steward Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton, Eldar Shafir, makes the case for careful analysis, when looking at any given policy that attempts to address poverty, to guard against unintended consequences.