About Us

The Economic Pathways Coalition is bringing local voices into state politics.

Established in 2021

The Economic Pathways Coalition is comprised of working families, federal, state and city leaders, employers, anti-hunger, education, training, community-based, and philanthropic organizations. We are dedicated to promoting economic advancement for working families and removing income cliffs that keep people from advancing their careers.

The Economic Pathways Coalition was founded by...

Springfield WORKS

Springfield WORKS is a coalition builder bringing together service agencies, employers, policymakers, and residents for economic growth and opportunity in our Western Massachusetts community.

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger since 1982. We distribute food to our members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

Western Mass Economic Development Council

The EDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides resources and information to businesses operating in or entering the region. We’re improving the economic vitality of Western MA to ensure equitable opportunities, making it the region of choice for both workers and employers.

Our community identified the Cliff Effect as a major barrier to economic mobility, so we banded together. We gathered research the Cliff Effect.

We asked community members about their experiences with the Cliff Effect to develop the best policy solution possible for Massachusetts.

Together we worked to create and pass a pilot program in the Massachusetts legislature to help individuals and families navigate the Benefits Cliff.