Caitlin Connolly transitioned into the role of NELP deputy chief of programs in January 2020. Previously, Caitlin led NELP’s dynamic and dedicated team of experts as the director of social insurance. Caitlin began her work at NELP serving as home care campaign coordinator.
With the help of Caitlin’s passion and knowledge, NELP and its allies have supported implementation of wage-and-hour protections granted in 2015 to nearly two million home care workers, who were long excluded from the protections of the FLSA. With partners, Caitlin focused on pushing states and employers to take the necessary steps to implement the rules, while working with NELP’s partners to make sure that home care workers know their rights and see improved wages and conditions that reflect the value of their work.
Caitlin came to NELP with a depth of public policy experience and knowledge surrounding issues related to elder care, having served as the project director of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of national organizations committed to providing older adults with quality care by strengthening the workforce trained to care for them.
Previously, she worked on quality, research, development, and policy issues as a senior project manager at the American Geriatrics Society. She also has eight years of direct experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, children, youth, and families in low-income, supportive, and public housing.
M.A. Baruch College
B.A. George Washington University
Caitlin has been quoted for her expertise on issues affecting home care workers in the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, and Bloomberg, among others.