Economic policy after the midterms—what’s next for a progressive agenda?

By Felicia Wong, Steph Sterling, Katie Kirchner |

In today’s chaotic political environment, it’s hard to have a serious debate about economic policy, despite its deep and real impact on people’s lives. But we seem to be at a turning point as Americans look for credible answers to the economic insecurity so many of us feel.

On November 13, join Roosevelt President and CEO Felicia Wong and leaders of Roosevelt’s advocacy and student network teams to discuss trends in today’s policy debate and how Americans are responding. We’ll dig into several key questions:

  • Research from the Voter Study Group shows that the new tax law is historically unpopular, including among many who voted for Trump. What are Americans’ expectations for economic opportunity and security—and are they open to progressive tax policy and other structural economic reforms?
  • Young people across the country—from New York to Tennessee—are enthusiastic about leaders who share their values for a just society. How do we build civic infrastructure and reshape the progressive talent pipeline to take advantage of this energy?
  • Making the leap from bold ideas in public debate to a governing agenda is never easy, especially in today’s environment. How can we prepare for opportunities to drive a progressive agenda—while also being ready for an uphill climb?

Featuring Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong, VP of Advocacy and Policy Steph Sterling, and National Director of Roosevelt’s student network Katie Kirchner.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Breakfast available at 8:30 AM
Discussion begins promptly at 9 AM
Concluding at 10 AM (including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, which seeks to re-imagine the social and economic policies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for the 21st century. She has helped lead the Roosevelt Institute’s work on a rewriting the rules agenda, a comprehensive economic program and narrative that has become increasingly politically influential. Felicia came to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, and previously ran operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steph Sterling is the Vice President for Advocacy and Policy at the Roosevelt Institute. She previously served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Legislative Director at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she led the organization’s legislative program on behalf of the union’s 2.1 million members. Prior to SEIU, she was the Director of Government Relations and Senior Advisor at the National Women’s Law Center, where she developed and advocated for policies to improve the lives of low-income women, and successfully advanced key policies included in the Affordable Care Act. She has served as a federal lobbyist for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, led policy and communications efforts for a Congressional candidate, served as professional staff on a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee subcommittee, and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Brown University.

Katie Kirchner is the National Director for the Roosevelt Network. An alumnus of the Network, Katie’s academic and professional experience has largely been focused on the intersection of sociology and education. As National Director, Katie is expanding the work on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy with priorities for network growth and policy work through the management of Network team members. Previously at Roosevelt, Katie was a Program Manager for chapter growth and membership development where she managed the Student Leadership Team, 10 Ideas, the annual Hyde Park conference, and oversaw the national cohort of students who do organizing and base-building across the country. Katie has a BA in Public Communications and Urban Education Studies from American University.