Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Building a Competitive Future Right from the Start

A Paid Family Leave Forum

April 25, 2012
Ford Foundation
New York, New York


  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
    National Center for Children and Families,Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • Netsy Firestein
    Executive Director
    Labor Project for Working Families
  • Dana Friedman
    The Early Years Institute
  • Herb Greenberg
  • Laurence Grummer-Strawn
    Nutrition Branch Chief
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ariane Hegewisch
    Study Director
    Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Ruth Milkman
    Professor and Academic Director
    Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor studies at CUNY
  • Mark Schuster
    William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics
    Harvard Medical School
  • David J. Socolow
    Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor
  • Jane Waldfogel
    Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs
    School of Social Work, Columbia University


  • Wendy Chavkin
    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
    Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
  • Wendy Chun-Hoon
    D.C. Director
    Family Values@Work
  • Vicki Shabo
    Director of Work and Family Programs
    National Partnership for Women and Families


  • Ellen Bravo
    Executive Director
    Family Values@Work
  • Gale Brewer
    Council Member
    New York City Council, District 6
  • Donna Dolan
    New York State Paid Leave Coalition
  • Netsy Firestein
    Labor Project for Working Families
  • Sherry Leiwant
    A Better Balance
  • Harold Levy
    Managing Director, Palm Ventures
    Former Chancellor, New York City Public Schools
  • Matthew Melmed
    Executive Director
    Zero to Three National Policy Center
  • Michael Sparer
    Professor and Department Chair
    Health Policy Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University