- Aspen US-CO
A public policy executive, Elliot Gerson serves as executive vice president of the Aspen Institute. The Institute focuses on developing public policy, improving decision-making in Washington, and bringing together leaders for constructive and nonpartisan dialogue. Elliot Gerson oversees the Aspen Institute’s policy programs, its public programs, and builds its global partner network. In the past, he has written opinion pieces for various news and media outlets, including The Atlantic, for which he wrote the article America Needs a Raise: The Case for a Higher Minimum Wage.On February 13, 2014, President Obama took a step forward toward raising the U.S. minimum wage by signing an executive order that sets the pay rate for federal contractors at $10.10 an hour, up from the U.S. minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The executive order requires federal contractors to pay their employees at least $10.10 an hour beginning on January 1, 2015. The White House has said that hundreds of thousands of employees will benefit from the new law.In his 2014 State of the Union Address, Obama promised to raise the minimum wage, even if it meant doing it alone. Since then, he has been urging Congress to pass a bill to increase the minimum wages for all U.S. employees. The last time that Congress increased the federal minimum wage was in 2009, when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25.