WHO WE ARE

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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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

This way up: New thinking about poverty and economic mobility - Two launch events for OA-edited book on poverty and opportunity, 1-18-18
How states can encourage employer-educator partnership - Plenary panel at the 2017 ACTE VISION Conference, 12-8-17
A match made in heaven: CTE charter schools - Panel discussion at the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference, 6-12-17

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

This Way Up: New thinking about poverty and economic mobility - Volume edited by Tamar Jacoby, American Enterprise Institute and Opportunity America, 1-18-18

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