MDRC President Gordon Berlin Featured at September 22nd Brookings Event Marking the 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform


On September 22, 2016, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution will host “The 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform: Lessons and Takeaways,” a series of panels on the effects of welfare reform on child well-being, marriage and families, work and poverty, and state policy choices. These panels will feature the nation’s leading experts on welfare reform as well as analysts who played important roles in enactment or implementation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

MDRC President Gordon Berlin with participate on a panel with Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Raquel Hatter, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services; Michael Wiseman of George Washington University; and Don Winstead, a former federal and state welfare official.

The panels will be followed by keynote speeches by Newt Gingrich, who was speaker of the House during the welfare reform debate, and Bruce Reed, who headed President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council and helped formulate the president’s reform proposals.

The event will also be available via webcast.