The 2020 presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden, in partnership with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, has named scholars, politicians, labor union leaders, and public policy experts to a set of Biden-Sanders Unity Task Forces that will help Biden’s campaign develop a comprehensive policy platform. The task forces will focus on immigration, climate change, criminal justice, the economy, education, and health care. Several scholars affiliated with RSF have been named to the task forces, including RSF trustee Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Task Force on Education), grantee Sherry Glied (Task Force on Health), and RSF author Darrick Hamilton (Task Force on the Economy).
Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU. He is author of the RSF book Immigrants Raising Citizens, and coauthor of the RSF book Cradle to Kindergarten. Sherry Glied is a professor and dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services and Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2010 to 2012. The foundation has supported Glied’s research on immigration, most recently her study of the impact of proposed public charge rules of the wellbeing of immigrant families. Darrick Hamilton is Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. Hamilton, a pioneering scholar on the racial wealth gap in America, has contributed to RSF journal articles about the need for a federal jobs guarantee and housing inequality.