Elisa Minoff portrait.

Elisa Minoff

Senior Policy Analyst

She, Her, Hers

View Elisa’s condensed bio here.


I advance our policy work—analyzing and providing technical assistance on anti-poverty policies, with a focus on how they affect immigrant families and communities of color. I have written on the economic benefits of unauthorized workers receiving legal status, the role of race in immigration and child welfare policy, and the discriminatory effects of work requirements and other restrictions on public benefits.

I do this work because

I believe all families should be economically secure and able to pursue their dreams.

I am most proud of

Completing my Ph.D. in history, which gave me the opportunity to think deeply about the roots of present-day economic and racial inequities.

Work History

  • Consultant, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative
  • Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Research Associate for Task Force on Poverty, Center for American Progress

Education and Awards

  • Ph.D. in History, Harvard University
  • B.A., Princeton University
  • Cromwell Dissertation Prize, American Society for Legal History

When the day is done

I enjoy going on long walks in Rock Creek Park with my husband and two little girls.