Policy debates about poverty rarely include the voices of those who have actually experienced it. The Experts on Poverty come together to advocate directly with members of Congress, publish media, and mobilize their communities to push for change. With their powerful platform, the Experts influence policy on Capitol Hill while also challenging harmful misconceptions about people who live in poverty.

Who are the Experts on Poverty?

The Experts are a diverse team of advocates from all across the country. They use their firsthand experience of poverty to push for more effective government policies to support low-income Americans. All of the Experts have personal experience with SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), tax credits, or other federal “safety net” programs that help millions of Americans make ends meet.

What they do

The Experts take their experiences directly to lawmakers, speak at conferences and political events across the country, appear on the radio, and publish opinion pieces in local and national media. The Experts are part of the larger RESULTS movement of advocates using their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

The Experts also attend the annual RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC, where they lead panel discussions, speak out about their experiences, and meet directly with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

EXAMPLE: Two of RESULTS Experts on Poverty, Kali Daugherty and Pamela Covington, led an all-conference storytelling workshop for the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual policy forum, which had over 1000 people registered. They shared their personal experiences with poverty and led workshop attendees in crafting their own story for change.

Why it matters

In the United States today, one in seven people live in poverty. That is staggering, but the number would be twice as high without federal anti-poverty programs. Yet, too often, these programs come under political threat. When making decisions about funding and policy, lawmakers rarely seek the opinion of those who understand the reality of poverty.

By raising their voices and engaging lawmakers and their communities, the Experts on Poverty demonstrate why these crucial programs must be strengthened instead of diminished. In the process, they bridge the divide between those who make policy and those who are most impacted by it.

Learn More

To learn more about this project, or to share your own story, please contact Keisha Perkins at [email protected].

Expert NameTitleMedia OutletTypesYearTopic
Qiana TorreganoWe Get ResultsBodyMindSpiritPodcasts2015taxes, nutrition, EITC, SNAP
Yolanda Gordon"Congress Must Look at Rising Housing Costs and Stagnant Wages"The HeraldOpinion Pieces2018taxes, housing, EITC
Sharvonne Williams"Loss of tax credits would hurt poor"IndyStarOpinion Pieces2014taxes, EITC, CTC
Dawn Pierce"Census data says ending poverty possible, but Congress must act"Idaho StatesmanOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC, CTC
Pamela M Covington“Poverty rates”Daily PressOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC, CTC
Kali Daugherty"Tax credits forever changed my family's life"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2020taxes, EITC, CTC
Aaron Carrillo"Tax time is a big deal"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2019taxes, EITC, CTC
Yolanda Gordon“Extend Tax Credits for Working Poor”The HeraldOpinion Pieces2015taxes, EITC
Kali Daugherty"Expand the EITC"Milwaukee Jurnal SentinelOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Pamela M Covington"Making Ends Meet"Daily PressOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Yolanda Gordon"Help People Find a Way Out of Poverty" The HeraldOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Kevin Pearson"New leaders should expand EITC"Courier & PressOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Dawn Pierce"Expand EITC"Idaho StatesmanOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Manilan Houle"On tax day, making sure no American is taxed into poverty"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2016taxes, EITC
Jamy RentschlerReducing Poverty for Children and Supporting Low-Wage Workers with Smart Tax PolicyRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2021taxes, CTC, EITC
Maxine Thomas"Congress must act now to save pro-work tax provisions"The HillOpinion Pieces2015taxes
Andy Trujillo“That the United States doesn’t care for its power is monstrous”Daily LoboOpinion Pieces2015taxes
Yolanda GordonShare Your StoryRESULTSProfile Videos2020storytelling
Clara Moore, Maureen Bowling, Sharvonne WilliamsPowerful Speaking: Practice Crafting Your StoryRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2021storytelling
Pamela M Covington, Aaron CarrilloPowerful Speaking: Telling Your Story to Create ChangeRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2021storytelling
Kali Daugherty, Pamela M CovingtonA New Day! Virtual Housing ForumNational Low-Income Housing CoalitionConference Videos2021storytelling
Pamela M Covington, Maureen BowlingThe Power of Storytelling: Engaging the Real Experts and Telling Your Story to Create Change RESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2020storytelling
R.N. Fox, La'Shon Sincereá Marshall, Yvonne Montoya, Bernadine WilliamsParticipant Perspectives on U.S. Nutrition Programs: Learning from their ExpertiseRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2021nutrition, SNAP, WIC
Sharvonne Williams"SNAP changed my life. Stop targeting it with cuts."RESULTSOpinion Pieces2018nutrition, SNAP
Pamela M Covington“Support Safety Net” Daily PressOpinion Pieces2017nutrition, SNAP
Clara Moore"I’m a chef, an author and a mom – and I’ve been on food stamps"CNNOpinion Pieces2018nutrition, SNAP
Dawn Pierce“Not too long ago, my son and I were the face of SNAP, hunger and poverty” Say It ForwardOpinion Pieces2017nutrition, SNAP
Brittany BurnamEverybody Has A Right to EatNational Women's Law CenterProfile Videos2018nutrition, SNAP
Asia Bijan Thompson"Millennials On SNAP Say Trump’s 'Blue Apron' Boxes Humiliate Them (& Their Children)"BustleNews Articles2019nutrition, SNAP
Dawn Pierce"Protect SNAP"Idaho StatesmanOpinion Pieces2018nutrition, SNAP
Pamela M Covington"Protecting a vital resource"Daily PressOpinion Pieces2018nutrition, SNAP
Tamara Bates, Asia Bijan Thompson, Manilan Houle, Pamela M CovingtonApplying Racial Equity to U.S. Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs: SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition Bread for the WorldPolicy Research2019nutrition, SNAP
Asia Bijan ThompsonFood Dignity ProjectThe Food Dignity ProjectPodcasts2020nutrition, housing, SNAP
Asia Bijan ThompsonHow Poverty Becomes a CycleHuffPostProfile Videos2021 nutrition, housing, SNAP
Maxine Thomas“Hunger is no game: fighting food deserts in Indianapolis” Nuvo - News NirvanaNews Articles2016nutrition
Pamela M CovingtonPut a Fork in ItThe MothPodcasts2020nutrition
Qiana Torregano"Winter break can be terrifying for mothers living in poverty"MomsRisingOpinion Pieces2018nutrition
Maxine Thomas“New legislation aims to alleviate food deserts”WTHRNews Articles2016nutrition
Qiana Torregano“TOPS Should Help Lift Students Out of Poverty” The New Orleans AdvocateOpinion Pieces2018nutrition
Maxine Thomas“Indianapolis Mayor Focuses on Food DesertsNext CityNews Articles2016nutrition
Kali DaughertyConcurrent Plenary: Perspectives on Making the Case for Equitable and Affordable Housing in AmericaRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2021housing, emergency rental assistance
Maureen Bowling"My family had nowhere to go - now I'm fighting for fair housing policies on Capitol Hill"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2019housing, emergency rental assistance
Jamy Rentschler"Letter: Expand Rental Assistance"Lincoln Journal StarOpinion Pieces2021housing, emergency rental assistance
Kali DaughertySeptember 2020 National Webinar: Making the case for a COVID bill nowRESULTSConference Videos2020housing, emergency rental assistance
Pamela M Covington“A Year Round Problem” Daily PressOpinion Pieces2017housing
Maxine Thomas"CDC’s effort to halt evictions isn’t enough for struggling tenants and landlords” IndyStarOpinion Pieces2020housing
Maureen Bowling, Rhonda ReidAccess Not Granted: Barriers To Health Care and Equity for Children and Families During COVID-19 Children’s Health WatchConference Videos2020healthcare
Dawn Pierce“Assistance Programs” Idaho StatesmanOpinion Pieces2017healthcare
Clara MooreWe Get ResultsBodyMindSpiritPodcasts2017healthcare
Yolanda Gordon"What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum"TalkPovertyNews Articles2016healthcare
Asia Bijan Thompson"Asia's story: A mom fights for Medicaid"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2018healthcare
Maxine Thomas“Indiana senators must oppose health bill that would gut Medicaid”IndyStarOpinion Pieces2017healthcare
Yolanda GordonEpisode #66: Harvard StrikesTalkPoverty RadioPodcasts2016healthcare
Kali Daugherty"Tell Congress to protect children's health-we must save CHIP"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2018healthcare
Asia Bijan Thompson"Single mother speaks out about benefits of Misericordia’s Bourger program at conference"The Citizens VoiceNews Articles2019education
Yolanda Gordon"Nine Minutes And Twenty-Nine Seconds" World Moms NetworkOpinion Pieces2021anti-oppression, racial equity
Asia Bijan ThompsonJune 2020 National Webinar: Solidarity and ActionRESULTSConference Videos2020anti-oppression, racial equity
Maxine Thomas, Clara Moore, Alexa WilliamsScarcity In Abundance: Hunger in the United StatesGeneral Board of Church & Society – The United Methodist ChurchConference Videos2018advocacy
Asia Bijan Thompson"42 Million Americans Experience Hunger Each Year. I’m One of Them.”TalkPovertyOpinion Pieces2017advocacy
Yolanda Gordon100 Days for Opportunity and Well-Being: An Executive & Administrative Agenda for Children and FamiliesGeorgetown Law Center on Poverty and InequalityPolicy Research2020advocacy
Maxine Thomas"Vote for those who will push bipartisan, anti-poverty policies"IndyStarOpinion Pieces2018advocacy
Yolanda Gordon"A Closer Look at Poverty from an Expert" MediumOpinion Pieces2016advocacy
Pamela M Covington"Hampton author to share experience of poverty at conference" Daily PressNews Articles2017advocacy
Pamela M Covington"Congressman Bobby Scott holds town hall meeting in Newport News" WTKRNews Articles2018advocacy
Maxine Thomas, Jackie Halliday, Yolanda GordonPoverty, Power, and the People Behind the Numbers: Stories and Policy Recommendations from the Experts on PovertyRESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2018advocacy
Tamara BatesWe Get ResultsBodyMindSpiritPodcasts2016advocacy
La'Shon Sincereá MarshallDecember 2020 National Webinar: COVID-19 Relief Now and Planning for 2021RESULTSConference Videos2020advocacy
Qiana Torregano, Dawn Pierce, Pamela M Covington, Yolanda Gordon, Asia Bijan Thompson, Kevin Pearson, Kali Daugherty"Experts on Poverty send wave of reality to the media"RESULTSNews Articles2016advocacy
Andy Trujillo“Quelites in the Valley”Albuquerque JournalOpinion Pieces2015advocacy
Tamara Bates"Taking a chance and finding RESULTS"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2015advocacy
Asia Bijan Thompson"Law Student Limelight: Asia Thompson of New York Law School"LawdragonNews Articles2019advocacy
Qiana Torregano"Influencing Policy to Tackle Poverty in the USA"Blessed to GiveOpinion Pieces2017advocacy
Kevin Pearson, Asia Bijan Thompson, Dawn PiercePoverty, Power, and the People Behind the Numbers: Stories from the Experts on Poverty RESULTS International ConferenceConference Videos2017advocacy
Yolanda Gordon"Advocacy is not a hobby-we are here to do real work"RESULTSOpinion Pieces2019advocacy
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