Vice President & Executive Director
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Ms. Shah is Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group and a partner of Fortress’ IP Investment Group, a $70+ Billion dollar hedge fund providing the U.S.’s first structured patent debt financing platform, providing companies unique access to capital based upon the asset value of their patent portfolios.
Barbara Gault is the Vice President and Executive Director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on policies to promote access to postsecondary education and early care and education, improved job quality for low-wage workers, and employment equity. She founded IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative, which seeks to improve college access for low-income parents. Her recent publications include College Affordability for Low-Income Adults: Improving Returns on Investment for Families and Society, and Improving Child Care Access to Promote Postsecondary Success Among Low-Income Parents. She speaks regularly and is frequently quoted in media outlets such as Forbes, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is a Research Professor of Women’s Studies at the George Washington University.