Dan Lesser specializes in public benefits, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, the child care assistance program, food and nutrition programs, and tax and budget issues. Dan also manages the Poverty Scorecard, which grades members of Congress on poverty-related issues. Dan helped design Illinois’s child care assistance program for low-income parents, secured reforms that have doubled participation in the TANF program, and is a leader of the ongoing effort to secure adequate and sustainable state revenue to avert devastating program cuts. Dan has received Illinois Action for Children’s Unsung Hero award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northwestern University School of Law’s Public Interest Fellowship Program. He is on the Illinois Commission to End Hunger and the Social Services and Child Care Advisory Councils of the Illinois Department of Human Services. Dan graduated from Princeton University in 1978 and Northwestern University School of Law in 1984. Before joining the Shriver Center, he worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago for eight years.