Marcela Escobari was a senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, housed in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, where she led the Workforce of the Future initiative. She is currently assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
[The pandemic recovery may provide rare opportunities for those toiling for low wages.] This time, people searching for jobs may have a lot of different options. That is not typical.
A large-scale federal infrastructure investment program that is deliberately designed for maximum workforce impact can help accelerate reemployment, prevent scarring, and boost long-term inclusive and sustainable growth.