Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice

There is an inequality problem in America. Economic mobility has become stalled. The result is a class system, in which birth equals destiny.

In Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice, Michael Gerson, Stephanie Summers and Katie Thompson will explore five key issues that are taking a disproportionate and devastating toll on low-income Americans. 

With the complete version set to release in the fall of 2015, this website gives you exclusive access to excerpts from the book. For each topic, Gerson will put a lens on the magnitude of the problem, Summers will apply a public justice framework for considering solutions, and Thompson will tell the story of real Americans who have experienced these issues first hand. 


Michael Gerson

Michael J. Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010).

Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He was a key administration advocate for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women’s justice and empowerment issues. 

Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois. He grew up in the St. Louis area and now lives with his wife and sons in northern Virginia.

Stephanie Summers

Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, an independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

A frequent college speaker, Summers helps students and faculty discover the implications of public justice in varied public policy frameworks.

She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University, where she holds an appointment to the board of fellows for the PhD in Organizational Leadership. 

She and her husband, Jason E. Summers, are residents of the District of Columbia. 

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is the editor of Shared Justice, an online journal for millennials published by the Center for Public Justice. 

A 2012 graduate of Gordon College, Thompson was the editor-in-chief of the college newspaper during her senior year and served as a Fellow with the Gordon College News Service.  

Her work has been published in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, 1776, and The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture.

A native of New Jersey, she now resides in the District of Columbia.