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Christine Tappan


Christine Tappan is a principal associate at Abt Associates and co-lead of Abt's Global Center on Technical Assistance & Implementation. A former New Hampshire associate commissioner of health and human services who served previously as director of local-government affairs for the American Public Human Services Association, she has more than 25 years of experience working in the public, social and for-profit sectors. She holds two degrees in social work: a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a master's from the University of Michigan.

When a small bump in salary costs more in needed social services than the pay hike brings in, something's wrong. Using broad partnerships, state and federal policymakers are beginning to address the issue.