Alieza Durana

Senior Policy Analyst, Better Life Lab

Alieza Durana is a senior policy analyst in the Better Life Lab at New America, where she provides research, writing, editorial, and programmatic support. Her work focuses on barriers to social and income equity, especially at the intersection of housing, education, and family policy. 

Before joining New America, Alieza's work spanned the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Promise Zones initiative, social services in the Washington metro area, and Fulbright research on European Union integration. Alieza has a master's in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance (Germany) and a BA in international and area studies, Spanish and German from Washington University in St. Louis.

All Work

BETTER LIFE LAB
Gender Inequality in Puerto Rico Is About to Get Worse

Alieza Durana wrote for the Better Life Lab blog on Slate on gender inequality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Paid Family Leave: How Much Time Is Enough?

Why job-protected family leave is good for health and business--and why current leave polices are just not good enough.


BETTER LIFE LAB
When a Surprise Medical Bill Hits, It’s Women Who Absorb Most of the Shock

Alieza Durana wrote for Slate about the gender disparity in income.


If We're Serious About Early Learning, Here's How It Should Look

Early care and education is infrastructure—building it will take real investment, not just tax credits and deductions.


BETTER LIFE LAB
How Child Care Providers Are Paying for a State's Budget Crisis

Illinois cut funding for early education, including child care. Now parents and providers are paying the price.


BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Why Parents Are Being Forced to Find Childcare Underground

Alieza Durana wrote in The Atlantic about the difficulties families in New Mexico have finding child care, and the low wages providers earn.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Care Report

The New America Care Report examines the cost, quality, and availability of child care across the United States


BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The New America Care Report

How the child care system in America became so broken—and what we need to do to fix it.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Watch: Care in America

The Care Index offers new information on the cost, quality, and availability of child care in the United States.


Designer Equality?

Alieza Durana investigates the idea that organizations, not individuals, can bring about equality.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Working Women Survive, But Can They Thrive?

Alieza Durana seeks to answer just that question.


BETTER LIFE LAB
What Women Want Isn't to Run for Office (But It Can Be)

Alieza Durana examines what women of the voter and candidate variety are looking for in 2016.