Longtime Capitol Hill staffer named policy director at Equitable Growth

February 14, 2020

Elena Waskey, 202-545-3357

WASHINGTON—The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced that longtime congressional staffer Amanda Fischer has joined the organization as its new policy director.

“As our new policy director, Amanda will lead the development of our policy priorities and help position the organization as a go-to resource for understanding the impact of rising inequality in the U.S. economy and what policymakers can do about it,” said Equitable Growth President and CEO Heather Boushey. “Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help advance an evidence-backed policy agenda to promote economic growth that is strong, stable, and broadly shared.”

Fischer most recently served as chief of staff for Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA). While in that role, she positioned the freshman congresswoman as a leading voice on economic policy and the fight against economic inequality.

“I’m excited to join Equitable Growth and help continue their work on the most pressing economic policy issue of our era: the growing concentration of income and wealth at the top and the decline in mobility for everyone else. Policymakers need research and ideas to understand this problem and its solutions, and Equitable Growth is well-positioned to provide those tools,” said Fischer.

Fischer joins Equitable Growth with more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill, where she served in a variety of positions influencing economic policy, including as a staffer for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, as deputy staff director for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on the Committee on Financial Services, and as a policy advisor for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV).

During her time on Capitol Hill, Fischer counseled policymakers on some of most important economic policy issues affecting the country, including financial regulation, housing policy, and their impact on inequality. Fischer holds a master’s degree in public policy analysis from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and public policy from the University at Buffalo.


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For more information, see www.equitablegrowth.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @equitablegrowth.

February 14, 2020


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