People’s Action Institute's mission is to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice by investing in powerful state and local organizations and campaigns that win real change in people’s lives.

We believe that power comes from organizing and action, so we invest in scalable base-building and leadership development, digital organizing, direct action, nonpartisan civic engagement, independent grassroots fundraising and issue campaigns that move people on their values and self-interest.

People’s Action Institute’s long-term goal is to reverse growing economic inequality by building an economy that expands opportunity for low-income families, with an emphasis on racial and gender equity.

Board of Directors:

Afúa Atta-Mensah
Ken Grossinger
Will Tanzman
Rahwa Ghirmatzion
Alejandra Gomez
Marvin Randolph
Robert Kraig
Jordan Estevão
Alyssa Aguilera
Josie Mooney

Latest From the Institute

Latest From the Institute

In Every State, Minimum Wage Falls Far Short of a Living Wage

WASHINGTON – Workers in some cities and states will be getting a raise next week as annual minimum wage increases go into effect around the country. In states and cities that have passed significant minimum wage increases, some workers will receive raises of $1 an hour or more as minimum wages are phased in to […]

Prosperity Not Poverty cover
There are seven job seekers for every job opening that pays the national single adult living wage of $17.28 per hour, this report finds. A properly crafted public infrastructure plan can address racial, gender, and LGBTQI wealth gaps while providing a large number of good-paying jobs.

Waiting For the Payoff: How Low Wages and Student Debt Keep Prosperity Out of Reach
This latest report in the Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series details what a living wage would actually be for the 43 million Americans struggling to pay off college debt in addition to calculating living wage standards for workers nationwide and in 19 states.

Caught in the Debt Trap
“Caught in the Debt Trap” provides a snapshot of the effect payday and title loans have had on the lives of nine people. Their personal stories illustrate how lenders take advantage of people and how these loans can leave borrowers in a devastating cycle of poverty and debt that lasts for years.