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Mary Jo Bane is the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management and Academic Dean, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also the Chair of the Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences (MLD) and Leadership at the Kennedy School. Prior to that she was Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Bane is the author of a number of books and articles on poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life. Her current research is on poverty in the United States and international context.
Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the National Poverty Center, and St. Mary's Student Parish.