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Paid Family Leave: Supporting Families During the COVID-19 Crisis and the Post-Pandemic Society

Video Conference

During this talk, Ms. Anderson will examine how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) specifically relate to paid family leave. She will discuss how this legislation is supporting families in the current COVID-19 crisis and building a foundation for a healthy post-pandemic society.


Rachel Anderson is a Resident Fellow with the Center for Public Justice, leading the Families Valued project. Her work focuses on work and family policy and faith-based civic engagement.

Previously, Rachel was the Director of Faith Affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and protecting opportunity by ending predatory lending. She developed CRL’s Faith & Credit program, fostering and supporting faith-based advocacy efforts in over 20 states and forming a diverse coalition of religious institutions representing 92 million Americans.

Before joining the Center for Responsible Lending, Rachel was the founding Executive Director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network, an innovative social justice organization that bridges liberal and conservative theological divides. Rachel has been an organizing trainer for World Vision, International Justice Mission, and Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a graduate of Harvard Law and Divinity Schools.