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

Restoring robust economic mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Our current approach dates back more than 50 years to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty – a strategy that made a difference in its day but is no longer enough.

What’s needed is a new conversation: a new vocabulary, new voices from new places on the political spectrum, a new broader climate of concern – and a new national push to enhance opportunity.

Opportunity America is devoted to filling this gap, funneling ideas into the policy process and building consensus around a new agenda.

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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Selected products and projects


On-the-job work experience: Overcoming the hurdles - A panel discussion with an educator, an employer, a state official and a workforce intermediary, Dec. 3, 2016
This way up summit - New ideas from policymakers and practitioners, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Dec. 14-15, 2016


Apprenticeship: Overcoming the obstacles - A roundtable discussion with U.S. employers, Oct. 3-4, 2016
Boost or Barrier? Upward mobility in the on-demand economy - A panel discussion with policy analysts and economic researchers, 6-29-16
The employer perspective on CTE - A briefing for congressional staffers, 2-10-16
Access & Excellence: Bridging the divide in higher education - Full-day conference featuring university presidents Mitch Daniels and Michael Crow, 1-15-16


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