WHO WE ARE

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

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 are research, policy development, dissemination of policy ideas and working to build consensus around policy proposals.

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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

PUBLICATIONS

Work, skills, community: Restoring opportunity for the working class - Opportunity America, American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution, November 2018
Immigrant entrepreneurs and the barriers they face - Kauffman Foundation Currents, March 2020

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EVENTS

The indispensable institution - Virtual release of new report on community college workforce education, 6-25-20
Skills wanted: CUNY as engine of economic recovery - Virtual panel discussing CUNY’s role in the economic recovery, 7-8-20
Workforce Pell briefing - Briefing for congressional staffers, 7-30-19
Industry-driven apprenticeship - Panel discussion on employer-led earn-and-learn training, 2-20-19

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