Director of EARN and Network Engagement
Areas of Expertise
Public investment • Social welfare policies • State budgets and taxes • Strategic communications • Network engagement
Dianne Stewart brings a lifelong passion for economic justice to EPI, where she engages national networks and constituencies on initiatives to combat economic inequality and promote the well-being of workers and their families. Among her priorities are strengthening the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), a national network of more than 60 state-level policy research and advocacy organizations coordinated by EPI. Working together with EARN’s members, donors, and allies across the country, Stewart facilitates strategic joint initiatives and broadens coalitions on issues ranging from minimum wages, wage theft, misclassification, sick leave, scheduling, forced arbitration, immigration, childcare, retirement, manufacturing and other issues affecting low- and middle-income workers.
Prior to joining EPI in 2016, she created Indivisible, a nonprofit dedicated to building public understanding of the importance of coming together through government to address critical challenges in our communities, states, and nation. Stewart also created and led Public Works, a nonprofit charged with building public support for government programs and services across the country. She founded and led the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, one of the original 10 State Priorities Partnership organizations (coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) and an early member of both EARN and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count network. Throughout her career, Stewart has served on or led numerous boards, councils, and coalitions, including as an appointee of Governor Ann Richards to the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.
M.S. in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in public policy, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin