Jeffrey Buchanan

Director of Public Policy

Jeffrey joined Working Partnerships USA in December 2016. He leads the work of the Policy and Research team to develop policy campaigns, research and government relations strategies to build a just and inclusive regional economy.

Previously he worked with the global antipoverty nonprofit Oxfam America leading policy efforts building alliances with community, labor and business allies to engage the US Congress and Administration on domestic issues including challenges facing the working poor, income inequality, and disaster resiliency and recovery. In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, he led the creation of federal policy integrating the needs of local workers and socially vulnerable communities for jobs and training into over $17 billion in recovery funding and developed language for the first local hiring policies in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

He has written numerous influential policy and research reports on issues of the minimum wage, inequality, workforce development, environmental restoration and resiliency, working with the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, the International Economic Development Council, the Nature Conservancy and other organizations.

He has served on advisory committees to the Washington Center on Equitable Growth, the TOPOS Partnership, the Institute for Southern Studies, World Delta Dialogues and America’s WETLAND Foundation. He also previously worked as the communications officer and Gulf Coast program lead for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.