Elizabeth Lower-Basch, MPP

Director, Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Elizabeth Lower-Basch directs the income and work supports team at the Center for Law and Social Policy. CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. CLASP advocates for public policies and programs at the federal, state, and local levels that reduce poverty, improve the lives of poor people, and create ladders to economic security for all.

Elizabeth’s expertise is federal and state policy regarding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), other supports for low-income families, such as SNAP and Medicaid, and thinking about the ways in which these systems interact in the lives of low-income workers and families. She is the author of TANF and the First Year of Life: Making a Difference at a Pivotal Moment, and numerous other publications.

From 1996 to 2006, Elizabeth worked for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She received a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.