Dave Kamper is senior state policy coordinator for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at EPI. He believes that worker power and racial equity are necessary components to a healthy democracy. His work focuses on the Midwest, helping to bring together policy thinkers and grassroots leaders to build collaborative relationships that empower communities in America’s heartland to obtain the justice they deserve.
Prior to joining EPI in 2021, Kamper worked for 20 years in the labor movement in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Minnesota. He has a PhD in History from the University of Illinois and an MS in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts. Kamper lives in Minnesota with his wife, Joanne, a veterinarian who sometimes operates on lions and tigers.