Rebecca Vallas

Policy Advocate (NATIONAL, Pennsylvania)
Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress. Previously worked as legal aid attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia.
Tags: Disability: Mental Health, Disability: Physical, Poverty

Links: Bio at Center for American Progress website: | (Current as of: January 8, 2015)

Before joining American Progress, Vallas served as the deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, or NOSSCR, where she developed and managed legislative and communications strategies to preserve and strengthen Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for workers with disabilities. She also served as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force. Prior to that, Vallas worked directly with poor and low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia for several years, where she was named a Skadden Fellow and a Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging.


Blog Post

Criminal Justice Reform Will Fall Short If We Fail to Invest in Civil Legal Aid

Rebecca Vallas
October 27, 2015
Unless policymakers also invest in civil legal aid to support formerly incarcerated people who are re-entering their communities, efforts to dismantle mass incarceration are doomed to fail.

Blog Post

The Best Poverty Journalism in 2014

Rebecca Vallas
January 6, 2015
In 2015, will recognize strong media coverage of poverty on an ongoing basis.  To get that effort started, here’s a look back at some of the best poverty journalism in 2014. These 20 stories and op-eds drew attention to critical but underreported issues, rebutted persistent myths, shed light on barriers to economic security and mobility, lifted up policy solutions, provided insightful commentary on media coverage of poverty, or even served as a catalyst for change.

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