Economic Opportunities Program


The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) advances promising strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income Americans connect to and thrive in a changing economy. Over its 25 years of work, EOP has focused on expanding individuals’ opportunities to connect to quality work, to start businesses, and to build assets and economic stability.

EOP staff work closely with national and local leaders – practitioners, policy makers, employers, foundation leaders, academics, and advocates – to illuminate and encourage policies and practices with the potential to help lower-income Americans succeed in today’s economy. EOP has particular expertise in workforce training and education, microenterprise development and business ownership, financial services and asset building, and business practices that support quality jobs. To support these fields, EOP staff conduct evaluations and applied research to learn what works and document it; facilitate leadership development and capacity-building opportunities; and communicate related issues and promising approaches to broad and diverse audiences. EOP comprises several interrelated initiatives that dive deeply into particular approaches to expanding opportunity: FIELD, Workforce Strategies Initiative, UpSkill America, and Good Companies/Good Jobs. EOP also has an Advisory Council that provides insights and strategic counsel to help guide our work.