Martha Ross

Martha Ross

Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Martha Ross is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro. Ross researches and writes about workers and the labor market, with a focus on creating a healthy economy that offers opportunity for all. Ross’s recent work highlights low-wage workers, out-of-work young people and adults, the education and employment experiences of 18- to 24-year-olds, and pathways to good jobs for young people.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ross has written and spoken about the virus’ disproportionate impacts on low-wage workers and young adults, its effects on housing instability, and strategies to promote an equitable recovery.

Prior to joining Brookings, Ross was a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she focused on welfare policy. Ross has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College. In 2007, Ross was detailed to the Council of the District of Columbia, focusing on local workforce development policy.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • The Washington, D.C. region
    • Workforce development
    • Post-secondary education
  • Current Positions

    • Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro
  • Past Positions

    • Deputy Director, Greater Washington Research at Brookings
    • Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Program Associate, the Advocacy Institute
  • Education

    • Master of Arts, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
    • Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College
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