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Patrick Oakford is the Senior Manager for Programs and Engagement at JUST Capital. He is responsible for JUST’s programmatic work on workplace issues, focusing on increasing economic opportunities for frontline and contract workers. Prior to JUST, Patrick was a Senior Policy Advisor in Governor Cuomo’s office where he developed and advanced employment policies, including on issues relating to portable benefits, retirement security, and workforce development. As a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Perez, he worked closely with senior leadership to implement the Department’s regulatory agenda and helped develop policies to strengthen labor protections for workers. Patrick also has experience conducting original research at think tanks, including the Center for American Progress and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. His research has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Fast Company, PBS NewsHour, and NPR, among others. Patrick received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.
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