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Martha Coven

brings to her consulting work two decades of federal policy experience in the executive branch, legislative branch, and nonprofit sector.

Most recently, Coven served for six years in the Obama White House. She was the Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor in the Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw a large share of the federal budget, and a Special Assistant to the President at the Domestic Policy Council, where she advised on poverty and workforce issues and developed the Administration’s plan for reducing childhood obesity.

Before joining the Administration, Coven spent eight years in the nonprofit sector, as a Senior Legislative Associate at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an Esther Peterson Fellow at Consumers Union.

She began her career on Capitol Hill, with five years in the Office of the House Democratic Leader and on the staff of a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Coven is also a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she teaches courses in domestic policy.

She holds a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from Yale University.