Dr. Fichtenberg is a public health researcher and advocate with over a decade of experience working to improve health and economic outcomes for America’s most vulnerable families, including seven years leading national efforts in Washington, DC. Caroline was previously the Director of the Economic Mobility and Poverty Project at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution where she worked to bridge political divides to improve opportunities for economic mobility. Prior to that she served as Director of Research at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), where she led the development of reports on childhood poverty, education, child health, child welfare and gun violence with a focus on the needs of poor children and children of color. Prior to working at CDF, Caroline directed the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association (APHA), served as Health Policy Advisor to Senator Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, and as Director of Epidemiology for the Baltimore City Health Department. In all of these positions she focused on documenting and addressing health inequities, in particular through addressing social determinants of health. She earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. degree in Biology from Yale University, and an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.