About Economic Mobility Pathways

Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is a Boston-based nonprofit that disrupts poverty through direct services, advocacy, research, and a global learning network. Our mission is to transform people’s lives by helping them move out of poverty and to provide other institutions with the tools to systematically do the same.


Our previous names include Crittenton Women’s Union, the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, and Crittenton Inc. This organization has been continuously operating in one or more capacities since 1824. While our name has changed over the decades, our focus on economic empowerment has not.

EMPath is known worldwide for our coaching approach, which is founded on the belief that each pathway out of poverty is different. We are at the helm of a movement to shift thinking from human services to human development, and to create lasting pathways to economic mobility for all.

New York City Tries Financial Mentoring With At-Risk Families — But Leaves Out Cash Incentives

Mar 9, 2020 / Chronicle of Social Change

Two women tell how EMPath mentors guided them out of poverty into stability

June 20, 2019 / Dorchester Reporter

Why scarcity can damage decision making

Nov 5, 2018 / BBC's The Why Factor

How Poverty Changes the Brain

April 19, 2017 / The Atlantic

Can poverty be passed down? A nonprofit tries to break the cycle

July 11, 2016 / The Boston Globe