Humanity Forward Bipartisan Policy Council

Bipartisan Policy Council

Humanity Forward’s Policy Council is an advisory group of four experienced policy leaders committed to advancing child tax credit (CTC) payments as a data-driven policy solution with both economic and social benefits.
The Policy Council works in partnership with Humanity Forward to promote the expansion of the CTC as a tool that will dramatically reduce child poverty and grow the economy while giving parents the flexibility to spend the credit payments on their family’s most pressing needs. Monthly CTC payments of $250 per child under 18 and $300 per child under six, which parents began to receive in July, are set to expire at the end of this year.

Social Policy Institute Report: Nearly 94% of Parents Doing Same Amount of Paid Work or More Due to New Child Tax Credit


John Bailey

John Bailey is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an advisor to the Walton Family Foundation. His experience has spanned government, philanthropy, and the private sector working on a range of issues including technology, immigration, COVID-19 response, the future of work, and economic mobility. Bailey previously served as special assistant to the president for domestic policy at the White House from 2007 to January 2009, Deputy Policy Director to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and as Vice President for Policy for Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. Bailey is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and an alumnus of the American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program. He serves on advisory boards for the COVID Collaborative, the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work, Pope Francis’ Scholars Initiative, the Bush Institute, and the Center for Democracy and Technology. He has also served as an advisor to four presidential campaigns.

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University, Senior Fellow at the Jain Family Institute, and Faculty Affiliate at the Social Policy Institute of Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches social welfare policy and conducts research related to economic justice and basic income. Her book, Welfare Doesn't Work: The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net was released by Palgrave MacMillan in February 2020. Her work has been featured in multiple national publications including The Atlantic, Vice News, National Public Radio, Governing Magazine, Fast Company, and Bloomberg View. She currently serves on the boards of ACLU of North Carolina and the Basic Income Earth Network.

Elaine Maag

Elaine Maag is a principal research associate in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she studies income support programs for low-income families and children. Before joining Urban, Maag worked at the Internal Revenue Service and Government Accountability Office as a Presidential Management Fellow. She is a member of the Poverty, Tax, and Transfer Policies Research Network and has recently served on panels on Assured Income and Family and Medical Leave for the National Academies of Social Insurance. She serves on the board of The Commonwealth Institute.

Matt Zwolinski

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, is the director of the University of San Diego’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy and co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. He is the author of over forty academic articles on topics at the intersection of ethics, law, and economics. And he is the author or editor of several books, including (with Miranda Fleischer) Basic Income: What Everyone Needs to Know, currently under contract with Oxford University Press.
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