As a Deputy Director on the State Campaigns team, Deborah Swerdlow leads campaign strategy for CBPP’s priority federal campaigns and drives CBPP’s efforts to support and equip state and local advocates to engage in federal policy debates on issues such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She advises state-based organizations on issue campaign strategy, provides tools and resources to support their engagement, and works with national partners to coordinate and leverage field capacity.
Before coming to CBPP in 2015 as a State Strategies Manager, Swerdlow worked at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she developed, executed, and evaluated grassroots campaigns around AAUW’s federal policy priorities and supported the state-level work of AAUW state affiliates and local branches. Swerdlow previously worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), first as a legislative assistant focused on women’s issues, health care, disability rights, and judicial nominations and then as a program associate focused primarily on the RAC’s high school social justice and advocacy trainings.
Swerdlow holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida; she also serves on the board of the DC Abortion Fund.