Laura Dresser

Position title: Associate Director


Phone: 608.262.6944

Laura Dresser (MSW, PhD, University of Michigan; BA, Rice University) is Associate Director of High Road Strategy Center. A labor economist and expert on low-wage work and workforce development systems, she has both written about ways to build stronger labor market systems and worked extensively with labor, business, and community leaders in building them. Laura has written about low-wage jobs, care work, inequality and labor market reform. A co-editor of The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America’s Labor Market, lead author of every edition of the State of Working Wisconsin, and frequent source on the Wisconsin economy and unions’ role in labor markets, she seeks to contribute to the understanding of the economy and the improvement of life for working people.

Since 2017 Laura Dresser has been a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work.