Lindsay Alexandra Owens, PhD


As a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, Lindsay works on writing and research focused on economic inequality, recessions, and the housing market.

Lindsay has worked in academia, government, and the nonprofit sector for nearly 15 years. She is currently the interim Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, and has previously served as a senior economic policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren and as Deputy Chief of Staff and legislative director to former Rep. Keith Ellison and Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). In these roles, she was instrumental in crafting and passing legislation to expand the social safety net, increase power for workers, and build a more inclusive economy for all. 

Lindsay is a highly-cited economic sociologist and has published her research in leading social science journals including Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Social Forces. Her policy and opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek,, and the San Jose Mercury News. Lindsay holds PhD and Master’s degrees in sociology from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.