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Arohi Pathak, Associate Director, Field Engagement

Areas of Expertise: State & Local Policy Advocacy, Coalition Building, Building Financial Security in Low-income Communities and Communities of Color, Native Communities

Arohi Pathak is Associate Director, Field Engagement at CFED. In this role, she manages the Northwest Area Foundation’s Financial Inclusion Policy Action Initiative, which helps organizations from across the Northwest advance state and tribal legislative and administrative policies that lead to long-term prosperity in low-income communities, Native American communities and communities of color. Ms. Pathak also helps these organizations build enduring policy and advocacy capacity through targeted coaching and technical assistance, strategic planning and peer learning. Additionally, Ms. Pathak works to engage CFED’s Networks in federal and state advocacy and policy efforts, ensuring that low-income communities have access to financial capability and economic opportunity to build long-term and enduring financial security.

Prior to CFED, Ms. Pathak worked on domestic policy issues, including welfare, early care and education, Medicaid and workforce supports. She spent seven years at the Service Employees International Union doing state and federal policy analysis on issues impacting low-income and working Americans and union members. Ms. Pathak also has a background in civic participation and political engagement, and holds an M.A. from American University in International Communications and Peace and Conflict Resolution.

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Jan 17, 2017

Congress Hears Your Voice! Making a Difference Through Effective Advocacy

Over the past several weeks, CFED has engaged with state and local Network members from across the country to send the new Administration and Congress an important message.

Apr 21, 2016

The Power of Partnership: How to Tackle Financial Insecurity, City by City

What makes for a successful financial inclusion strategy at the local level?

Mar 29, 2016

Advocacy Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Effective advocacy is not linear and does not follow a one-size-fits-all formula.

Feb 4, 2016

New Assets & Opportunity Scorecard Data Show Millions Excluded from Economic Recovery

Many families are juggling limited resources—often “robbing Peter to pay Paul”—just so they can stay afloat.

Jan 26, 2016

Credit is an Asset that Can Unlock Opportunity

45 million people in the US are unable to borrow money from a mainstream lender to finance a business, buy a home, pay for college, cover medical expenses or even buy a car to get them to their job.

Jan 22, 2016

Millions are Stuck in Perpetual Financial Insecurity. Here's What We Can Do.

Inequality and financial insecurity are pervasive. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Jan 7, 2016

Start Planning for the First-Ever Assets & Opportunity National Week of Action

We’re launching the Assets & Opportunity National Week of Action to amplify our national conversation about solutions to insecurity and inequality.

Nov 10, 2015

Want to Change Policy? You Need a Logic Model.

The key to effective logic models is remaining flexible, pivoting when necessary to take advantage of opportunities that arise and side-stepping challenges.

Jul 27, 2015

Building Effective Partnerships With Native American Organizations

There are 566 federally-recognized tribes in the United States, each with a unique history, belief system, system of governance and culture. To form lasting, effective partnerships, non-Native organizations need to understand the sovereignty issues and diverse social customs of Indian Country.

May 28, 2015

Tools to Help You Develop a Smart Strategy for Your Next Policy Campaign

These two tools take the guesswork out of planning and implementing a successful advocacy campaign.

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