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Former Spotlight Advisory Council Members Make News in the Obama Administration

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Two former members of Spotlight۪s Advisory Council were recently appointed to high-ranking positions in the Obama administration, and their strong feelings toward poverty are starting to get major airtime in the political media.

Politico just featured a new piece on how Mark Greenberg and Becky Blank are advocates for a new, more up-to-date poverty measure. Greenberg is deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, while Blank is the Commerce Department۪s undersecretary for economic affairs. While Spotlight was ahead of the mainstream media in highlighting Greenberg and Blank۪s rise to the administration, we۪re happy to see that their support for a new poverty measure is getting attention.

Given that they started Spotlight۪s Poor Measurement commentary series back in February, we۪re confident that as Greenberg and Blank make their mark in the Obama Administration, they۪ll remain staunch advocates for low-income Americans.

Posted by Mike and Shelley


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