Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst

New York City Office

Areas of Expertise

Labor Market Research • Policy Research


Irene Tung joined NELP in 2015 as a senior researcher and policy analyst.

At NELP, Irene’s work focuses on labor markets, wage standards, corporate power, the financial sector, and changing employment relationships. Her work on wages and working conditions has been used by policymakers and advocates in cities and states across the country, and she has testified in several states on policy issues facing low-wage workers. She is the lead author of Curbing Stock Buybacks: A Crucial Step to Raising Worker Pay and Reducing Inequality, Occupational Wage Declines since the Great Recession and The Growing Movement for $15.

Irene came to NELP with over a decade of public policy, research, organizing, and advocacy experience. Before NELP, she analyzed labor market trends and data for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Previously, she served as the Director of Organizing at Make the Road New York, a New York City organization that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities, where she played a key role in winning groundbreaking new policies on paid sick leave and language access and in strengthening enforcement against gender identity employment discrimination.

Her work has been featured by the New York Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, NPR’s Marketplace, NBC News, The Nation, CNN, and Fortune, among others.


Ph.D. Rutgers University
M.A. Rutgers University
B.A. Brown University

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