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Alexandra Cawthorne

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Program Director
Economic Opportunity Division

Contact: Alexandra Cawthorne


Cawthorne manages policy institutes, academies and briefings for governors’ human services policy advisors across the country. She reviews current research and completes analyses of legislation and executive orders in the states pertaining to child welfare and social safety net programs.


Previous Positions: Policy Analyst, Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division, NGA Center for Best Practices; Research Associate, Poverty and Prosperity & Women’s Health and Rights Programs, Center for American Progress; Legislative Assistant, United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Research Associate, Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights

Education: Candidate for Master of Professional Studies, Legislative Affairs, The George Washington University School of Political Management; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Urban Studies, Minor in Social Anthropology, Vassar College


NGA Representative, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation’s Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, Congressional Hunger Center, 2004-2005