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Deborah Swerdlow

Senior State Strategies Manager

Deborah Swerdlow

As Senior State Strategies Manager at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Deborah Swerdlow supports state partner engagement on federal policy issues affecting people with low and moderate incomes, such as the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). She advises state-based organizations on issue campaign strategy, equips them with the tools and resources needed to engage in federal policy debates, and works with national partners to coordinate and leverage field capacity.

Before coming to CBPP in 2015, Swerdlow was the Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator 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 trainings.

Swerdlow holds a master’s in public administration from George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Florida.

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