National Poverty Center

January 14, 2019
The National Poverty Center (NPC) at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy was established as a university-based, nonpartisan research center. NPC conducted and promoted multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentored and trained emerging scholars, and informed public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty.

Sheldon Danziger, currently the President of the Russell Sage Foundation, led the National Poverty Center as the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Rebecca Blank, currently chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and served as co-director of the National Poverty Center. From 1997 to 1999, Blank was also one of three members of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers.