Michelle Sternthal is the Director of Advocacy and Policy at the Roosevelt Institute, where she leads the congressional engagement. She has almost two decades of experience working as a policy advocate, with a particular focus on racial/ethnic disparities, economic development, and labor rights. Prior to this position, Dr. Sternthal was Senior Policy Advisor for Oxfam America, where she worked to address the structural factors driving poverty in the U.S. She previously served as Policy Director for the Main Street Alliance and as Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for the March of Dimes. Dr. Sternthal received a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan and Post-Doctorate degree in social epidemiology from Harvard University. She is proud to live in Washington, DC with her partner and three children.