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
Solving the Retirement Puzzle

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


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Recommended Standards for TANF Payment Card Contracts

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


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Locked Up and Locked Out

How do we help the more than 650,000 ex-felons have a second chance to attain the American Dream?


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Locked Up and Locked Out: Applying an Assets Lens to Reentry

For ex-offenders, the institutional barriers to basic financial stability—let alone savings—are vast.


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As Farm Bill Moves Forward, Indiana Mulls Asset Limit Reform

The final bill will be a blow to low-income families, cutting over $8 billion from the program.


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An Assets Perspective to the War on Poverty: Access to Higher Education

Why assets matter for education – and how we can do better.


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For Poor Consumers, Poor Technology

The unintended consequences of the digitization of the safety net.


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Fifty Years Since the War on Poverty, We Need an Assets Perspective

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”


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Hello 2014, Goodbye Medicaid Asset Limit

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In Poverty, No Privacy?

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In Poverty, No Privacy?

Most Americans consider the right to privacy a right of citizenship, but families within the public benefits system can't.


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New Paper: Designing California’s Secure Choice Savings Program