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Alissa Quart

Alissa Quart

Executive Director

Alissa Quart is the author of five books of nonfiction including Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream (Ecco, 2023), Squeezed and Branded. She collaborated on creating EHRP with Barbara Ehrenreich and has run it for close to a decade. She is also the author of two books of poetry and has written for many publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and TIME. Her awards include an Emmy, an SPJ Award, and a Nieman fellowship. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Maire O’Malley

Chief Operating Officer

Maire O’Malley comes to EHRP with more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, spanning operations, strategy, programming, and fundraising in the fields of criminal justice, education, homelessness, and prisoner reentry. She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and obtained her J.D. with honors from Brooklyn Law School. She also served as an Adjunct Professor there after graduating, teaching the Youth Reentry & Defense Clinic.

Deborah Jian Lee

Deborah Jian Lee

Senior Editor

Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, fellow at Harvard Divinity School and the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Beacon Press). She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught journalism at Columbia University, and has bylines in Esquire, Fast Company, ELLE, Foreign Policy, Slate, Playboy, Religion Dispatches, TIME, WBEZ, WNYC and others. She was named a finalist for the Livingston Awards and won a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award. She serves as a juror for the American Academy of Religion award for best in-depth news writing.

Rachel Sanoff

Rachel Sanoff

Social Media Editor

Rachel Sanoff is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. Her writing on healthcare access, social movements, and education has been published in MTV News, Jezebel, Business Insider, The Guardian, Bustle, and other publications. She was previously the features editor at HelloGiggles and has worked as a social media editor for several magazines and community organizations. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where she graduated from the Labor Studies program and researched local workers’ rights campaigns at the UCLA Labor Center.

George Lozano

George Lozano

Operations Manager

George Lozano is the Operations Manager of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. A Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy degree at American University in Washington, D.C.

Meagan Day

Meagan Day

Editor

Meagan Day is a writer and editor. Her work has been published in Jacobin, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, n+1, and elsewhere. She’s been interviewed by the Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Harvard Political Review, and in 2022 addressed the Oxford Union. She is the co-author with Micah Uetricht of the book Bigger than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism (Verso, 2020), and the author of the book Maximum Sunlight (Wolfman, 2016).

Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez

Special Correspondent

Ray Suarez is the host of Going for Broke, EHRP’s award-winning podcast, and the current John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent until 2013.

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