Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) to convene policy makers and practitioners from October 18-21 at UMass Boston

BOSTON, MA – September 26, 2022 – Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) today announced the schedule and speakers heading to its renowned biennial Disrupting Poverty Conference, gathering at the University of Massachusetts, Boston from October 18-21. Practitioners, policy makers, philanthropists, and academics from around the world will gather for engagement, education, and new strategies for disrupting poverty.

The four-day event features two days of member-only programming on October 18 and 19, with the public conference occurring from the afternoon of October 19 through October 21. Conference registration is now underway at Speakers include:

  • Kim Janey, EMPath’s new president & CEO and former Mayor of Boston
  • Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of Opportunity Insights
  • Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, President and CEO of Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Attendees will address promoting economic mobility in early childhood; using housing as a platform for economic mobility; guaranteed income; sustainability and equity in human services, and more. Janey will kick off the conference, welcoming hundreds to Boston.

“I’m proud to continue the work I’ve done for much of my career—building and strengthening communities and advocating for children and families,” said Janey. “I look forward to meeting new colleagues from around the world at our Disrupting Poverty Conference as we expand the impact of our work in our communities.”

Every two years the conference draws hundreds of nonprofit, government, and academic leaders from around the globe. The theme of this year’s Disrupting Poverty Conference is “What Works.” A growing list of speakers, special guests, and additional details about the Disrupting Poverty Conference are available at

About Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath): EMPath is a nearly 200-year-old organization that dramatically improves the lives of people living in poverty. Because creating economic opportunity is multifaceted, EMPath’s approach is too. EMPath offers a unique combination of direct services; a learning network of human services organizations; and research and advocacy for what works. This “virtuous circle” allows each part of the organization’s work to inform what it knows, does, and shares with others to seed systemic change. To learn more, visit