Aleta Sprague

Program Fellow, Family-Centered Social Policy

Aleta Sprague is a program fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. She previously worked as a policy analyst with the program between 2012 and 2014, where she provided research and analysis on state and federal policies to increase savings among low-income households. In particular, Sprague focused on asset limit reforms in public assistance programs, financial inclusion and benefit delivery methods, and new approaches to promoting retirement savings. 

Previously, Sprague served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force in Boise, Idaho. She received a BA from New York University and a JD from UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in critical race studies. She is a member of the California and New York state bars and currently works as a legal analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA.

All Work

FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Deadbeat Democrats

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in the New Republic


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It ‘Welfare’

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in Talking Points Memo


On the Myths of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

These terms have become yet another shorthand that polices and punishes poverty.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Media Narrative Around Families Is Racist and Homophobic. It Needs to Stop.

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the 'welfare queen' was referenced in TalkPoverty


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Where's the Empathy for Black Poverty and Pain?

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague's piece on the 'welfare queen' was cited in a CNN article on poverty in the Black community


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Assault on Food Stamps is Misguided

Justin King and Aleta Sprague wrote for the Washington Monthly about the recent assault on SNAP programs.


FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The Myth of the 'Welfare Queen'

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague spoke on NHPR's Word of Mouth about the myth of the 'Welfare Queen'


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Inclusion by Design

This paper will explore the historical factors and racial stereotypes that have shaped U.S. welfare policy and evaluate alternative models.


The Rise and Reign of the Welfare Queen

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague write that the "welfare queen" narrative continues to dictate who is "deserving" of support.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Dollars and Censure

Aleta Sprague explains why financial capability is central to financial access—and how some states are denying millions both.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Banking While Poor

In a new policy paper released by the Asset Building Program, Aleta Sprague builds on a survey of state policies and practices.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Leveraging Public Assistance to Promote Financial Inclusion

TANF not only fails to support saving and financial inclusion, but also often actively discourages it.