Diane Pagen

Diane R. Pagen, LMSW, is a social worker, an advocate of a universal basic income, and hosts the website Diane Pagen. She has been a social worker since 2004 and a social policy analyst since 2008. She has taught social welfare policy to graduate students at Rutgers University, and to undergraduate students of Human Services at City University of NY. Her editorials on poverty and social welfare policy and programs have appeared in newspapers and magazines in New York, Texas, Canada, and online. In 2006, she co-wrote a policy advocacy comic book, The Adventures of Carrie Giver: The Cost of Caring with the welfare rights activist and author Theresa Funiciello. She has been a recipient of a fellowship from the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. In 2014, she published a short story, The Christmas Basket, which eloquently and vividly illustrates how badly we do as a nation in helping low income people. Most recently, she presented on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics. Ms. Pagen is an advocate for universal income distribution programs and in 2014 co-founded Basic Income Action with five like-minded friends and colleagues. Ms. Pagen is an unpaid policy adviser to New York City Council member Daniel Dromm on poverty and public assistance, and has been a social worker in New York City and in rural upstate New York. She writes about social welfare at www.dianepagen.com. Ms. Pagen is volunteering with the campaign team of Mr. Andrew Yang, who has announced his candidacy for President of the United States, running as a Democrat with a Universal Basic Income to every American adult as the centerpiece of his policy agenda.