Diane R. Pagen has been a social worker for New York City and a social policy analyst and writer for fourteen years. Diane was born in Queens, New York and has lived in Paris, New York, San Juan, and Seville. She has been a social worker in the city and in the country. She was privileged to be mentored by and work with welfare expert and activist Theresa Funiciello from 2000 to 2008, and co-wrote The Adventures of Carrie Giver: The Cost of Caring with Theresa in 2007. Diane is a founding member of Basic Income Action and Basic Income NYC and working to build the Basic Income Movement with others. She votes her conscience and doesn’t forgive Debbie Wasserman Schultz and those who betrayed Bernie Sanders. She writes and presents about the diversion of welfare block grants away from low-income people, and is meeting with people who are interested in stopping the systematic dismantling of the U.S. safety net. She has a BA in Languages from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and an Master of Social Work from Fordham University. She likes long walks, sunsets, horses—-no just kidding! She likes crime and political thrillers, loves the TV series Baron Noir and other European TV thrillers, loves writing and reading, tries to stick to an exercise schedule. Her favorite President is LBJ and her favorite future President is Andrew Yang. She is devoted to her family and friends and people she meets who are doing helpful cool things and want a better world.