Livia Lam is a leading policy strategist and analyst on education, workforce and economic issues. As Senior Vice President of Federal Relations, Livia brings over two decades of experience developing and guiding policies to successful implementation.
Livia joined S360 after acting as Senior Fellow and Director of Workforce Development Policy for the Center for American Progress. Prior to that, she served as U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s Legislative Director. Livia also served in the House as a Senior Labor Policy Advisor for the Committee on Education and Labor Chairman George Miller. Here, she was the key architect and champion of a proposal to reauthorize the nation’s federal job training programs. This proposal led to the successful passage of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.
In the Senate, Livia served as a Labor Policy Advisor for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee working with Chairman Edward M. Kennedy and Chairman Tom Harkin. She began her career in Congress as Outreach Director and Legislative Assistant to Senator Maria Cantwell.
Additionally, Livia has served as Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Barack Obama, Senior Policy Advisor for the Learning Policy Institute, and Senior Manager of Community and Government affairs at SEIU 775NW. Livia also previously worked with S360 as a Federal Policy Advisor.
Livia is a prolific policy writer, whose work has been published in the California Law Review, American Educator, MarketWatch, The Hill, Real Clear Policy, NW Asian Weekly, and Morning Consult. As a public speaker, Livia has been featured at the National Governors Association, National Association of Workforce Boards, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, AFL-CIO Working for American Institute, New England Board of Higher Education, National Youth Policy Forum, Alliance for Excellent Education, The Corps Network, The Brookings Institution, Third Way, NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the U.S. House of Representatives New Democrat Coalition’s Future of Work Task Force.
She earned her Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy from The New School in New York. In the summer, she likes to return to her hometown, Seattle, to kayak in Elliott Bay and take walks around Lake Washington.