As EPI’s Director of Government Relations, Samantha Sanders ensures that policymakers and advocates gain access to EPI research and initiatives that support their efforts to improve wages and working conditions for low- to middle-income workers and their families. Before joining EPI in 2017, Sanders served as Policy Advisor in the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, where she worked closely with agency leadership on issues including the future of work and employment, the final regulation updating overtime pay protections for millions of workers, communications and public engagement, strategic enforcement of labor standards, and more. Prior to joining DOL, Sanders led digital communications for the Religious Action Center, a faith-based policy advocacy organization.
Sanders is a native of the Washington, DC, region. Outside of the office, she can be found rehearsing with the 18th Street Singers (a community choir), volunteering, or overusing the DC Library’s fantastic reservation system.