Joelle Gamble

Joelle Gamble is a graduate student in economics and public policy at Princeton University. Her primary focus is at the intersection of inequality, worker power and the digital economy. She is also the former National Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s network for emerging leaders in public policy. Prior to joining the Institute, Joelle was an organizer for economic opportunity and higher education access in the state of California, running campaigns related to tax reform and the rights of Dreamers. After working at the Roosevelt Institute, Joelle has worked on international economic priorities at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and assisted labor economics research with esteemed faculty in the Princeton Department of Economics.


Joelle also writes on topics of race, inequality and technology. She has been featured in places such as the Nation, FoxBusiness, NBC and Fusion.

Today is an exciting day for the future of the network. I’m excited to introduce you to our wonderful new National Director, Nehemiah Rolle! In 2014, I had the incredible honor of becoming the National Director of Roosevelt’s network. As an alumna of the network, I was excited to draw from my experiences—and from those

At the Roosevelt Institute, we understand the importance and value of young people’s ideas, and we’re actively working with a new generation of leaders committed to fighting for their vision. Our oldest and most competitive policy journal, 10 Ideas, promotes that work by elevating the top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. Today, we’re

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In “The Threat of Privatization for the Emerging Generation” below, Roosevelt’s Joelle Gamble and Aman Banerji, document the rise of Privatization- the process through which basic public goods such as water, education, and energy, are sold off to the private sector in the name of efficiency and cost reduction for taxpayers. They argue that the

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With the shocking NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers behind us, we have an opportunity to step back and consider some of the broader lessons that can be drawn from media coverage of the series’ transcendent stars, Steph Curry and LeBron James. The two have been cast as basketball opposites,

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Joelle Gamble on the importance of addressing policy proposals in the second GOP debate: From our survey, we know that young people have a set of policy priorities they want candidates to cover in an economic debate. Young people are concerned about economic inequality and the ever-increasing role of the financial sector in our economy.

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Joelle Gamble argues that the momentum behind Senator Sanders’ candidacy highlights a need for more bottom up forms for citizens to influence the political process. This “new power” politics is a rejection of the top-down, king-making mentality that has become symbolic of current American politics. In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Jeremy Hiemans and

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Roosevelt’s Director of its national network Joelle Gamble wrote in The Hill: Young people today are growing increasingly distrustful of institutions, including political parties. According to data from the Pew Research Center, Americans aged 18 to 33 are significantly more likely to identify as political independents than other generations. We still see the potential for government to provide

If you watched the full Republican debate last night, congratulations. You deserve a prize for making it through a marathon that lacked the kind of substantive policy discussion our country deserves. It took nearly 30 minutes of debating candidate personalities before a single policy question was asked, and when issues were discussed, candidates quickly turned

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In 2015, at a time when innovative ideas are needed in politics more than ever, Roosevelters are organizing their peers to take their ideas to their elected officials – online and offline. By connecting our ideas to decision makers and power-players, we are creating a groundswell of real policy change. We’re taking our ideas to the place

As another presidential campaign season heats up, and candidates scrambled to create messaging, structures, and even gimmicks and swag in an attempt to engage young people, I can’t help but think about why we do what we do here at Roosevelt. Young people on college campuses are often asked to make phone calls, knock on doors,

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The Republican budget plans are causing quite a stir in the D.C. press and in Congress. However, the content of their proposals, if enacted, will ripple beyond the beltway and into states, cities, communities, and college campuses across the country – and the consequences should be of particular concern to young Americans. Rather than using

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Deepening political participation in and beyond voting is key to achieving policies that raise outcomes for the working class. Inflation hawks have been the talk of the town in elite economic circles in recent weeks. More liberal-leaning minds critique their (frankly) unsubstantiated concerns that the Federal Reserve is driving the U.S. economy toward high levels

The president spoke about federal legislation to promote economic opportunity, but real progress is happening at the local level. Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Northwestern University to give a speech on the new American economy. The speech was touted as a major pivot, both rhetorical and political, from a heavily international focus to a domestic

Taxes Are Never Just a Class Issue

Tax reforms can’t solve all economic inequality, because they won’t change the reality of race in the U.S. economy. The threat of corporate inversions to the American tax base sprung an interesting political dialogue around tax reform in the United States. We’ve seen debates on how to stop the spread of inversions and arguments that

It’s time for the U.S. to recognize that policies to push economic growth must focus on average Americans, not “job creators.” Rampant inequality is putting the future of the American economy in peril. The financial recovery we have experienced the past few years has only led to massive gains for top earners and little to

On the 4th anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, consider the ways that citizens can engage beyond campaign donations and the ballot box. Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The significance of this case is difficult to overstate as it gave limitless ability to

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Efforts to promote economic development must shift to the local level, but they can’t overlook some of the biggest players in these communities. At a press conference yesterday, President Obama told the story of his time organizing in Chicago and highlighted the work local communities do to support their neighbors and prepare them to be

With Congress gridlocked, we must look to local governments to pursue more innovative strategies for promoting equal opportunity. Americans don’t believe in guaranteed equal outcomes, but we do believe in equal opportunity and the ability to achieve a decent livelihood if one works hard. Unfortunately, the United States, despite being the world’s largest economy, is

Arbitrarily limiting revenues and cutting critical services doesn’t boost efficiency; it just shifts the burden onto citizens. The 2013 tax-filing deadline is just a few days behind us, but many Republican members of Congress have already started talking about this year’s revenue intake. Due to CBO projections that federal revenues in 2013 will be the

It’s not enough to maintain a safety net that catches people when they fall. We have to keep them from falling in the first place. As a millennial, my generation has been told that if we simply work hard and go to college we will be able to achieve even greater economic gains than our

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