Dave Kamper

Senior State Policy Strategist


Dave Kamper (he/him) is senior state policy strategist for the State Policy and Research team at EPI. He believes that worker power and racial equity are necessary components to a healthy democracy. His work focuses on organizing to build family economic security, the equitable use of federal funds, and supporting collaboration between policy thinkers and grassroots leaders that build collaborative relationships to win needed policy changes at the state and local level.

Prior to joining EPI in 2021, Kamper worked for 20 years in the labor movement in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Minnesota, most recently for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE).

Kamper’s work has been cited in various publications including The Forge, In These Times, Jacobin, Labor Notes, Labor Studies Journal, Strikewave, St Paul Union Advocate and Workday Magazine. He has also been interviewed by American Prospect,  The Economist, Sacramento Bee, Stateline, Bond Buyer, Tampa Bay Times, The Rick Smith Show, Background Briefing with Ian Masters, KDKA, WAMU, WAMC, New America

Kamper lives in Minnesota with his wife, Joanne, a veterinarian who sometimes operates on lions and tigers.

M.A., Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst