WHO WE ARE

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, entrepreneurship and inclusion.

Among the most potent issues in contemporary politics are income inequality and the distribution of wealth. It’s a message that works politically, but it’s the wrong diagnosis. The American Dream doesn’t promise income equality. What it promises is opportunity and upward mobility.

Restoring robust upward mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Failing to get the answer right will undermine our competitiveness – and our core ideals.

The organization’s principal activities: highlighting the need for a bolder opportunity agenda, developing policy proposals, driving new ideas on Capitol Hill, lifting up successful state initiatives and encouraging engagement by civil society, including employers.

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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

Opportunity America is just getting going, launching its first projects and releasing some early products.

Access and Excellence: Bridging the gap in higher education  - A Washington conference featuring university presidents Mitch Daniels and Michael Crow, 1-15-15
Congressional field hearing - with the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, Harrisburg, PA 10-24-14
Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition  - A Washington business coalition focused on job training and workforce development
This Way Up: Mobility in America - The Wall Street Journal Saturday Essay, 7-18-14
Op-eds and articles - in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times and The Weekly Standard
The Certification Revolution - Thomas B. Fordham Institute policy paper, December 2014
Vocational Education 2.0: Employers hold the key to better career training -  Manhattan Institute policy brief, November 2013

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