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

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
Immigrant entrepreneurship roundtables - Listening sessions in three cities, Chicago, Phoenix and St. Louis, February – July 2019

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


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OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEWS

Holiday hiring finds automation - Wall Street Journal 10-28-2019
Help wanted: IT talent - Wall Street Journal 10-15-2019
Drawn by the salary, women flock to trucking - Wall Street Journal 10-14-2019
Women shifting to higher-paying college majors - Wall Street Journal 10-4-2019
Alexander releases narrow higher ed package - Inside Higher Ed 9-27-2019
Lower-income workers are job hopping more - Wall Street Journal 9-24-2019
CEOs say companies have obligations to society - Wall Street Journal 8-19-2019
For-profit colleges’ loophole for veterans - Wall Street Journal 8-17-2019
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