Olivia Alperstein is the Deputy Communications Director at the Institute for Policy Studies. She works to advance bold policies and ideas and challenge unjust policies through strategic communications on issues impacting human health and survival. She believes that strategic messaging and compelling stories are critical to to persuade decision-makers and ordinary people to care and take action. For years, she has used her communications skills to fight the good fight, and she is honored to work and collaborate with amazing advocates and partners on issues from human rights to climate change. Her prior experience includes work in communications, development, legal organizations, political campaigns, and not-for-profit advocacy.


251 Organizations from 29 countries call on Salvadoran government to drop the charges against leading Water Defenders arrested on January 11

Organizaciones internacionales piden al gobierno salvadoreño que retire los cargos contra Defensores del Agua detenidos el 11 de enero [TEXTO EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO]

New Institute for Policy Studies Report Exposes Stark Choice in New Mexico between Just Transition and False Solutions

The report features insights from New Mexican researchers and community leaders on how community-led energy solutions would benefit the state.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Authors of Report on “Billionaire Enabler States” Available for Comment on The New Yorker Exposé on Allegations of Getty Family Trusts’ Tax Dodging

“Nevada has helped make it possible for super-wealthy families like the Gettys to dodge taxes owed to other states like California.”

Institute for Policy Studies calls on Salvadoran government to release from prison leading Water Defenders arrested on January 11

Hundreds of groups around the world worked with the Salvadoran Water Defenders in the successful campaign to save the country’s rivers from toxic gold mining. They join in demanding the release of the five Water Defenders and to allow them to await their trial in their community.     

Helping Students Sort Fact from Fiction

More schools need to teach kids how to recognize BS when they see it.

From the National Priorities Project at IPS: The Pentagon has failed yet another audit, and yet Congress is preparing to give them $847 billion

Other major government agencies have long since passed audits. But the Pentagon is so big and disjointed, no one knows where its money goes.

NEW REPORT: “Homecoming: The Greater Birmingham Community Speaks on Regional Cooperation and a More Inclusive Economy”

The Institute for Policy Studies and Alabama Arise’s professional study findings expose the critical issues that impact Greater Birmingham residents — and the solutions they want to see.

Inaction Costs City of Boston $20 Million+ in Funds for Affordable Housing

New analysis from the Institute for Policy Studies shows how much Boston’s failure to enact a luxury real estate tax has cost the city.

National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies Releases Fact Sheet: “No National Security without Climate Security”

New resource explains how over-investment in militarism and under-investment in climate solutions have contributed to the failure to mitigate climate change – and that ways that we can reinvest military spending to combat the worst existential threat to our communities.

Institute for Policy Studies will honor Amazon Labor Union and Movimiento por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México (Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico)

The 46th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards will be held virtually and in-person on October 13.

Join us at the 46th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

46th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards will be held virtually and in-person on October 13.

Billionaire Enabler States: How U.S. States Captured by the Trust Industry Help the World’s Wealthy Hide Their Fortunes

A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies shows how 13 U.S. states shield billionaires – and what we can do about it.

Student Debt Relief Is a Big Deal

I borrowed modestly, worked on campus, and still had to skip meals to make loan payments — and I was one of the lucky ones.

New Book Examines and Reimagines Warfare Economies

Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies Associate Fellow, “Six Stops on the National Security Tour: Rethinking Warfare Economies”

New Report: Gilded Giving 2022

The Institute for Policy Studies’ new report, Gilded Giving 2022, shows the risks of increasingly concentrated philanthropic power.

New Ipsos Poll Shows Broad Majority of Americans Support Bold Charity Reform

Concerns about Warehousing Charity Dollars and Tax Subsidies for Wealthy Donors and Perpetual Foundations Transcend Partisan Divide

New Report: Pandemic Exposed Black Immigrant Domestic Workers to Exploitation, Wage Theft, Lack of Safety

IPS and NDWA’s latest report highlights the experiences of over 1,000 Black immigrant domestic workers in NYC, MA, and Miami and exposes continued exploitation, safety hazards, and insecurity during the pandemic.

June 17 marks anniversary of Nixon’s 1971 “War on Drugs” speech: IPS Drug Policy Director Sanho Tree available for comment, interviews

“The drug war has always been about the oppression and social control of people of color and minority groups.”

New Report: Bay State Billionaires Reap Wealth Gains of 46 Percent During Pandemic

“These dramatic wealth gains are unseemly in the face of the loss of over a million lives and millions of livelihoods.”

New Report: Executive Excess 2022

Two-thirds of low-wage corporations that cut worker pay in 2021 spent billions on stock buybacks.