May 25: Big Ideas Breakfast: Can A Progressive Economic Agenda Prevail In 2016?

The Roosevelt Institute hosted and in-depth breakfast discussion on the economic policies that resonate in the current political climate.with Felicia Wong, President of the Roosevelt Institute, Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps, and Nell Abernathy, Roosevelt’s Director of Programs.

“Rewriting the Rules,” our comprehensive economic agenda authored by Nobel Laureate and Roosevelt Chief Economist Joe Stiglitz, has become one of the premier frameworks to describe the economy and drive more inclusive economic growth. Further, public opinion research also suggests that in this election cycle that is being shaped by populist anger at government and corporate interests, this narrative can move voters.

Roosevelt is poised to release two reports that build on this framework and provide more specific policy directions on key issues in the 2016 election – reducing racial inequality and curbing corporate and financial power.  Those who joined, learned more about “Rewriting the Rules” policy specifics and discuss how our movement can build a mandate during this political cycle.

Event Details

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Breakfast available at 7:30 AM
Start time: 8:00 AM
Concluded at 9:00 AM (Including Q&A)

Location: Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10022


Felicia Wong - Version 2 - Color - Square (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza)Felicia Wong is the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute. She came to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, where she led the development and assessment of the organization’s strategic investment portfolio. Previously, Felicia ran operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation on the role of race and framing in K-12 public education politics received the 2000 American Political Science Association award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.


Stan Greenberg is the CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and co-founder of Democracy Corps.  He is a New York Times best-selling author and polling adviser to presidents, prime ministers, and CEOs, and currently advises national leaders and their campaigns in Israel, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. He was the senior pollster for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and President Nelson Mandela.

He has done deep research on the economy for the Roosevelt Institute, on climate change for NextGen, on Israel in the United States, Europe, and the Arab world, on working women and the new economy, on political reform, and on the Nobel Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines.

Greenberg’s new book, America Ascendant, was published by St. Martin’s Press on November 3, 2015. His book with Carville – It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! – was a New York Times best seller.


Nell Abernathy - Version 1 - Color - Square (Copyright Dominique Sindayiganza)Nell Abernathy is Director of Programs for the Roosevelt Institute.  She manages strategy and research priorities for the think tank, and focuses her own work on U.S. economic issues, including financial regulation and the gig economy. While at Roosevelt, Nell developed and managed the Inequality Project led by Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz, and coauthored “Rewriting the Rules” with Professor Stiglitz. She has also managed the Next American Economy project with Senior Fellow Bo Cutter, and the Financialization Project with Fellow Mike Konczal.

Prior to joining Roosevelt, Nell worked on political campaigns and in government for President Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. In addition, she worked as an economics reporter in emerging markets, including Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, China and Abu Dhabi. She holds an MA in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University, and a BA from Brown University.