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

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.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Less Money, More Problems

Aleta Sprague explains why Kansas' new welfare restrictions are lose-lose for the state.


ASSET BUILDING
Being Unemployed Shouldn’t Make You Unemployable

All Americans deserve a second chance.


ASSET BUILDING and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Give the Unemployed a Second Chance

Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague wrote an article for CNN on finding work after long periods of unemployment


ASSET BUILDING
Regulatory Environments for Youth Savings in the Developing World

Creating a supportive environment for youth savings requires identifying barriers and proactively crafting policy to overcome them.


ASSET BUILDING
The Affordable Care Act and Asset Limits: What’s Left Undone

This blog post is the third and final installment in a series by Julianna Lord, Emerson National Hunger Fellow.


ASSET BUILDING
TN Taxpayers Paying Thousands for EBT Card ATM Fees

Aleta Sprague, a program fellow with the Asset Building program at New America, was featured in an article for WSMV.


ASSET BUILDING
Poverty is Structural – So are Solutions

Our current public assistance programs often require families to sacrifice long-term security for short-term help.


ASSET BUILDING
Vermont Takes on “The Poverty Trap”

Telling poor families not to save is a different kind of poverty trap, but it deserves to be addressed just the same.


ASSET BUILDING
Solving the Retirement Puzzle

MyRAs could help to achieve the dual goal of promoting both short- and long-term financial security.


ASSET BUILDING
Recommended Standards for TANF Payment Card Contracts

How states can protect TANF households' interests in contracts with benefit card providers.