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Family Futures | Presentations: Anne Power and Jane Waldfogel | Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies

Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE

The Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge MBE was elected Member of Parliament for Barking in 1994. She is also the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

She carried out the following roles in the Labour Government between 1998 and 2010: She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment and Equal Opportunities, Department for Education and Employment (1998 - 2001); Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills (2001 - 2003); Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, Department for Education and Skills (2003 - 2005); Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform in the Department for Work and Pensions (2005 - 2006); Minister of State for Industry and the Regions in the Department for Trade and Industry (2006 - 2007); and Minister for Culture, the Creative industries and Tourism in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2007 - 2010), during which time she took a year's compassionate leave to care for her terminally ill husband.

In the 2010 General Election Margaret fought off the challenge from Nick Griffin and the British National Party in her constituency, doubling her majority to 16,555.

Also in 2010 Margaret Hodge became the first ever female Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. She was elected by fellow MPs in the first elections to be held for select committees Chairs.

Margaret Hodge entered politics in 1973 as a councillor for the London Borough of Islington where she was Chair of the Housing Committee from 1975 to 1979 and Deputy Leader from 1981 to 1982, before becoming Leader from 1982 to 1992. She spent two years as a consultant for Price Waterhouse from 1992 to 1994. Prior to her appointment to the DfEE she was Joint Chairman of the House of Commons Education and Employment Select Committee.

Margaret was educated at Bromley High School and Oxford High School before obtaining a BSc at the London School of Economics. Margaret Hodge is widowed with four children and four grandchildren.

Anne Power,

Anne has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems since 1965. In 1966, she worked with Martin Luther King's 'End Slums' campaign in Chicago, and, on her return to Britain, organised community-based projects in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. From 1979 to 1989, she worked for the Department of the Environment and Welsh Office, setting up Priority Estates Projects to rescue run-down estates all over the country. In 1991, she became founding director of the National Communities Tenants Resource Centre at Trafford Hall in Chester which provides residential training and pump priming support for people living and working in low-income communities, and is currently Chair. From 2000 to 2009, she was a Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). She was awarded an MBE in 1983 for work in Brixton, and a CBE in June 2000 for services to regeneration and resident participation. Anne sits on the senior advisory panel to DECC on Household Energy Management (HEM External Advisory Panel) and is a member of the Early Action Taskforce. Anne became a Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics in 1996 and is Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities and low-income communities.

Dr. Katherine Rake OBE, Chief Executive, Family and Parenting Institute

Dr Katherine Rake OBE took up her post as Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute in October 2009. She has a strong background in social policy and research and is passionate about improving families' well-being. Katherine previously spent seven years as chief executive of the Fawcett Society. Prior to that she was a Lecturer in Social Policy at the LSE and seconded to the Women's Unit, Cabinet Office where she edited a ground-breaking report on women's lifetime incomes: Katherine has advised the Prime Minister's Policy Unit, HM Treasury and a variety of other Government departments. She is a regular broadcaster and has contributed to a wide range of print media. In 2008, Katherine was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities, an Institute of Directors 'Good Director' Honour and the Social Policy Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-academic.

Jane Waldfogel

Jane Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Waldfogel has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being. Her books include: Britain's War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010); Steady Gains and Stalled Progress: Inequality and the Black-White Test Score Gap (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008); What Children Need (Harvard University Press, 2006); Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); and The Future of Child Protection: How to Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect (Harvard University Press, 1998). Her current research includes studies of work-family policies, improving the measurement of poverty, and understanding social mobility across countries. She can be reached at Columbia University School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. E-mail: