Julie Kashen is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in working families, economic mobility, labor, and poverty. She is currently the Make it Work Campaign’s Policy Director, helping to lead the campaign’s agenda on work and family, caregiving, and equal pay.


Kashen has nearly two decades of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. As a policy adviser to the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Kashen helped launch the national paid sick days movement, introducing the first national paid sick days legislation. She also helped enact the second state paid family leave program in the country as deputy policy director to Governor Jon Corzine in New Jersey. She has worked as a consultant to the Work Family Strategy Council, A Better Balance, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, among others, and served as the senior vice president of Single Stop USA, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by leveraging existing financial resources to create a new pathway to economic mobility.


Kashen holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s with highest honors in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She was an adjunct lecturer on work and family issues and poverty in the United States at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.