Who are the Experts on Poverty?

The Experts on Poverty, launched in 2015, are a diverse team of advocates from across the country. They use their firsthand experience of poverty to push for more effective government policies to support low-income Americans. All the Experts have personal experience with food insecurity, lack of affordable and accessible housing, housing instability, and/or programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), tax credits, or other federal “safety net” assistance that help millions of Americans make ends meet.  

The Experts on Poverty played a key role in RESULTS’ shift to housing policy and are helping shape our U.S. poverty policy strategies and priorities. Experts receive training, support, and inspiration to become stronger leaders in the anti-poverty movement, shifting the narrative around those who experience poverty and highlighting the way anti-poverty policies affect their everyday lives. 

Qiana Torregano

Qiana Torregano

“RESULTS is the first organization that asked me to tell my story. My passions are embedded in the work of being an effective advocate. My father and grandfather initially inspired me to become an advocate, but the children of New Orleans & Baton Rouge, Louisiana are my true inspiration to stand up and effectively and innovatively provide the platform for them to do the same.”

Sharvonne Williams

Sharvonne Williams

“In order for my community to become a safer and a more supportive environment, I must be the catalyst for that change. I love being able to say, ‘Congress works for me.’ I know my voice matters. It’s important to share with my elected officials and let them know that I am worth listening to and that I can make change.”

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