Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Lindsay Owens on public perceptions of corporate greed, economics, and housing - and the real story


Lindsay Owens is the Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative. Lindsay has worked in academia, government, and the non-profit sector for nearly 15 years. Most recently, she served as a senior economic policy adviser to Senator Elizabeth Warren and as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Reps. Keith Ellison and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. In these roles, Lindsay was instrumental in crafting and passing legislation to expand the social safety net, increase power for workers, and build a more inclusive economy for all. She has also served as a policy adviser to candidates for state, local, and national office, including several presidential campaigns.

Lindsay is a highly-cited sociologist with deep expertise in economic inequality, poverty, housing policy, and recessions. Her work is published in leading social science journals including Brookings Papers on Economic ActivityThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Social Forces. Her award-winning dissertation examined the federal policy response to the housing crash of the Great Recession. She teaches a popular undergraduate course on poverty and inequality at Georgetown University and is the co-creator and co-instructor of America’s Poverty Course online at Stanford University.

Lindsay is a frequent author of opinion-editorials and white papers. Her recent writing and policy proposals have appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek,, and The San Jose Mercury News.

Lindsay holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in sociology from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., with her partner Jay.

Link to survey results regarding attitudes about the impact of corporate greed in creating inflation