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Administrative and Operations Coordinator/Associate, K-12 Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Administrative and Operations Coordinator or Associate on the K-12 Education team at American Progress. The team is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. The Coordinator or Associate will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The team’s work focuses on several priority areas, including applying an explicit race equity lens to education policymaking; reimagining public education; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; guaranteeing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and ensuring public schools are funded equitably in support of all students receiving access to a quality education. The Administrative and Operations Coordinator or Associate will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening the team’s education policy work and supporting American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

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Analytics Associate, War Room

With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.

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Associate Director of Design, War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Design to join a growing creative team with the War Room. The War Room’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling visual content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.

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Associate Director, Advocacy and Communications, Postsecondary Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Advocacy and Communications on the Postsecondary Education team. The Associate Director will manage all of the team’s advocacy and outreach work. About three-quarters of the Associate Director’s time will be spent on advocacy, coalition, and cross-team work, including creating and executing a strategy to educate policymakers such as Hill staff about the team’s proposals and priorities. The remainder of the role will focus on developing effective rollout plans related to product releases in coordination with the Communications and Government Affairs teams, coordinating projects across teams, and engaging in ongoing campaigns to promote the team’s work.

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Associate Director, Rapid Response and Analysis, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Rapid Response and Analysis with strong quantitative skills and a well-honed ability to translate complicated economic policy and data for the general public to advance key economic priorities. The position requires strong quantitative and writing skills, experience working with economic data, and an interest in making compelling, evidence-based public policy arguments. The candidate should be meticulous and comfortable with a fast-paced environment and rapid-response requests, as well as have a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The candidate’s primary role will be to creatively, quickly, and thoughtfully help the Economic Policy team use evidence to respond to and inform a range of policy and political debates with analyses of relevant economic data. The candidate will support the Economic Policy and other American Progress teams’ work on issues related to the labor market, equity, and the economic recovery.

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Associate Director/Director, Foundation Relations

American Progress seeks a self-starter with strong communication skills and the ability to multitask to join a growing team with a successful record of fundraising for the position of Associate Director or Director of Foundation Relations. This individual will be responsible for a grant-seeking portfolio that generates $7 million to $15 million in annual revenue for American Progress. They will pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and will help produce written communications for the organization. Reporting to the Managing Director of Foundation Relations, the Associate Director/Director will work closely with the Executive team and senior American Progress staff. They will drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from the organization’s constituency over the next several years.

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Associate Director/Director, K-12 Education

The K-12 Education team at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. The team is driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” K-12 Education focuses on several priority areas, including applying an explicit race equity lens to education policymaking, reimagining public education, recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals, equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work, and ensuring public schools are funded equitably in support of all students receiving access to a quality education. The Director will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening education policy and executing on American Progress’ five cross-cutting priorities.

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Associate Director/Director, Workforce Development Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director or Director of Workforce Development Policy. The ideal candidate is widely experienced in the area and is familiar with existing federal and state training and workforce development approaches; efforts to improve the quality of work and pay in low-wage sectors; and strategies for using federal and state funding to invest in sectors that promote other progressive goals, such as the caregiving economy or green jobs. This person will have a demonstrated ability to develop and advocate for progressive ideas that build equity and improve job quality, economic mobility, and the overall competitiveness of the U.S. economy.

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Chief Financial Officer

American Progress is seeking a Chief Financial Officer to serve as the senior finance officer of two tax-exempt, mission-driven organizations: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, known together as American Progress. The CFO must be an experienced finance and accounting professional who has exceptional technical skills, is committed to the mission of American Progress, and knows how to lead a team. The CFO will serve as a member of the Executive team and a resource and ally across the organization, helping guide and implement the strategic vision and planning of American Progress. The CFO will lead the organizations’ finances and help measure progress against organizational goals, maximizing the use of available resources across departments and developing innovative tools to help foster cross-department work and streamline reporting. The CFO will also help lead in cultivating the values of American Progress throughout the organizations. The CFO will work closely with the Legal, Human Resources, and Development teams. The ideal candidate will be a proactive partner with a genuinely held belief that no task is too big or too small.

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Content Associate, War Room

With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.

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Creative Project Manager, War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Creative Project Manager to join the War Room’s growing creative team. The War Room’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling visual content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies and values.

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Director, Broadcast Communications

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Broadcast Communications. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will be responsible for overseeing all interactions and partnerships with broadcast media.

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Director, Domestic Climate and Energy Policy

American Progress is hiring a Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy to work under the Senior Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy. The Director will be responsible for developing and communicating new policy ideas, managing a research team, and coordinating projects across teams. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of climate policy and the U.S. energy sector, experience collaborating with partners, and creative ideas for how to build political consensus for urgent action to address the climate crisis.

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Director, Financial Regulatory and Corporate Governance Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Financial Regulatory and Corporate Governance Policy. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in the area and is familiar with existing federal regulatory and supervisory approaches. This individual should be knowledgeable of market practices, financial market structure, successful practices in banking regulation, capital markets and corporate governance, antitrust, and the policies of other advanced economies and multilateral institutions. They will have a demonstrated ability to develop and advocate for progressive ideas that support investor protection, market integrity, financial market stability, capital formation, and the overall competitiveness and inclusiveness of our economy.

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Director, Health Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Health Policy. In conjunction with the Vice President and Managing Director of the Health Policy team, the Director will develop a long-term policy and research strategy for developing and advancing policy proposals to lower health care costs and improve health care coverage, affordability, and quality. The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Director, International Climate Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of International Climate Policy. The Director will work with the Energy and Environment Policy team to conduct policy research and analysis on international climate change and energy policy. This role will be driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” Successful applicants will have expertise in climate change mitigation, resilience policy, and international climate policy issues, as well as possess strong analytical, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.

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Email Manager, War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Email Manager to join CAP Action’s growing Digital Strategy team, focused on using CAP Action’s digital channels to build the case for progressive policies, values, and candidates. With Americans facing a greater onslaught of news and media content than ever before, it has never been more important to build hypertargeted engagement strategies to break through the clutter and reach key audiences. A strong candidate for this role is a team player who has experience in digital communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow, educate, and engage audiences.

We are looking for someone who understands the technical aspects of email marketing as well as experience using email to reach and engage different audiences effectively. Candidates should be comfortable brainstorming content ideas and writing compelling copy for a variety of progressive issue campaigns and projects. The candidate must be comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, where they will need to multitask, set priorities, and quickly produce engaging content. Political acumen, sensitivity to the complexities of policy issues, and the ability to engage with communications and policy experts are musts.

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Email Marketing Associate

American Progress is seeking an Email Marketing Associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The Email Marketing Associate will be a part of the Digital Strategy team, which is responsible for marketing CAP’s work to highly segmented audiences, including elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and more.

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Executive Assistant, Communications

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Assistant for the Communications team. The Executive Assistant will support the Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy with scheduling and administrative duties and support the broader Communications team with administrative tasks, media strategy, and research support as needed and as time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual whom the staff can rely on to work independently and collaboratively to deliver high-quality support.

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Executive Policy Associate

The Executive Policy Associate manages a significant workload as strategically and effectively as possible across all policy departments, teams, and American Progress’ five cross-cutting priorities:
• Strengthening public health and ending the pandemic
• Building an economy for all
• Securing a sustainable climate
• Advancing racial equity and justice
• Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy

This position calls for a clear communicator with stellar judgment and discretion who can manage important relationships and projects; is highly organized and detail-oriented; maintains the ability to prioritize competing demands; and provides timely and concise information. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications.

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Graphic Designer, War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Graphic Designer to join a growing creative team with the War Room. The War Room’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling video and graphic content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates. This person will support the War Room’s in-house creative team with graphic design for social, email, and websites as well as rapid response design requests.

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Partnerships Associate (Issues), War Room

With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.

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Partnerships Associate (Platforms), War Room

With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.

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Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy

The Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy will design and conduct original quantitative analysis using statistical software, contribute to policy analyses and policy recommendations, and craft rapid-response commentary including written reports and talking points. The position requires strong writing skills, including translating complex research into easily digestible materials. The Policy Analyst will work closely with a collegial team and engage with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct timely research to advance progressive early childhood policy priorities.

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Policy Analyst, Energy and Environment

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Energy and Environment Policy team. Responsibilities will include developing and executing research plans; data analysis; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance policy priorities. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, International Climate Policy

The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will work with the Energy and Environment Policy team to conduct policy research and analysis on international climate change and energy policy. Successful applicants will have expertise in climate change mitigation, resilience policy, and international climate policy issues as well as possess strong analytical, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, K-12 Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the K-12 Education team. The team is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. The successful candidate will be guided by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The team’s work focuses on several priority areas, including applying an explicit race equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; guaranteeing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and ensuring public schools are funded equitably in support of all students receiving access to a quality education. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening the team’s education policy work. In addition, this position will support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

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Policy and Outreach Associate/Manager, K-12 Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy and Outreach Associate or Manager on the K-12 Education team. The Associate or Manager will work under the direction of the team lead for K-12 Education to implement the team’s community-informed policymaking strategy. This will include supporting direct engagement with stakeholders closest to a variety of education policy issues such as applying an explicit racial equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; providing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and reimagining public education to work for all students. The Associate or Manager will conduct small amounts of research and evaluation on effective strategies in community-informed policymaking. The position will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. Successful candidates will have excellent community organizing or campaign management skills as well as strong persuasive writing and analytical skills. They will also work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities to support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

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Rapid Response Manager, War Room

With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.

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Research Assistant for Europe, National Security and International Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant on the National Security and International Policy (NSIP) team. The Research Assistant will assist the Europe team and the Global Progress team within NSIP by working on a wide range of Europe and international progressive policy issues. In addition, the Research Assistant will conduct research and related tasks on a variety of broader national security and foreign policy issues and support the general work of the NSIP team. The Research Assistant will also carry out administrative tasks and other duties as directed. This is a limited-term position through December 2022 with the possibility of extension.

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Research Assistant, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to conduct quantitative research for the Immigration Policy team. Quantitative and economic analysis is central to much of the research conducted by the Immigration team at American Progress, and this position will play an integral role in executing that work. The ideal candidate will have a background in U.S. immigration policy and strong research and writing skills. Applicants should be comfortable with synthesizing large amounts of information and data into concise overviews; using statistical software to analyze large datasets; compiling literature reviews; writing columns and reports; and editing for clarity and content. Spanish language skills are a plus.

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Senior Data/Systems Analyst

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Data/Systems Analyst. The position will take an active role in the execution of key business development activities. The candidate will perform technical administration duties for data warehouse development and maintenance. The technical responsibilities include designing, developing, and maintaining business intelligence solutions.

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Senior Director, Criminal Justice Reform

American Progress is dedicated to developing policies that (1) shrink the footprint of the criminal justice system while improving public health and safety; (2) promote equity and accountability within the justice system; and (3) provide opportunities for people directly impacted by a criminal conviction. The Criminal Justice Reform team’s work stems from principles of fair laws and enforcement of laws, just and proportional responses to crime, comprehensive investments in safety outside of the justice system; and data- and evidence-driven solutions. The Senior Director for Criminal Justice Reform will lead American Progress’ efforts to further these goals by developing and seeking to advance smart, focused strategies through research, strategic communications, and working in coalition with stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels.

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Senior Director, Early Childhood Education

The Senior Director for Early Childhood Education Policy will lead policy strategy development and execution—including design, analyses, and recommendations—and rapid-response commentary, driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” Leadership of the Early Childhood team requires analytical and creative thought leadership that invokes American Progress’ mission for changing the country’s approach to early childhood education policy by seeing and executing on points of connectivity with CAP’s five cross-cutting priorities.

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Senior Director, Postsecondary Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director of Postsecondary Education. The Senior Director will be responsible for developing and communicating new policy ideas, managing some team staff, and coordinating projects across teams. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of postsecondary education policy with expertise in one or more of the team’s core areas, which include access, affordability, quality, and accountability, with an emphasis on equity. This includes experience managing vertically and horizontally; working on fundraising strategies; collaboratively setting the research agenda and strategic direction; and representing the team to policymakers, funders, and the public.

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Senior Director, Women’s Initiative

The Senior Director for the Women’s Initiative will develop and promote robust, progressive policies and affirmative solutions to ensure that all women can participate fully in our economy and live healthy and productive lives. This role will centrally focus on the diverse experiences of women and the challenges they face in the national policy debate. The team’s work will include policies to secure women’s health and bodily autonomy, economic stability, equality, and access to equitable opportunities and other reproductive, civil, and human rights.

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Senior Manager, Digital Engagement and Audience Retention

American Progress seeks a highly motivated Senior Manager of Digital Engagement and Audience Retention to effectively engage strategic audiences, including policymakers, advocates, experts, and more, to support distribution, marketing, and fundraising in advancing the organization’s mission.

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Senior Media Manager

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Media Manager on the Communications team. The Senior Media Manager has three distinct portfolios of work supporting American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.”

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Senior Motion Graphics Producer, War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Motion Graphics Producer to join a growing creative team. The War Room’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling video and graphic content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies and values.

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Special Assistant, Development

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to join the Development team. The Special Assistant will be an integral part of the Development Operations unit and work closely with front-line fundraisers to provide support for a robust fundraising program in a fast-paced environment. This individual will be responsible for handling Salesforce database entry, reporting, and audits; serving as the first point of contact for donor inquiries; and liaising with the Executive and Finance teams on administrative matters, among other activities. This position requires a well-organized, detail-oriented professional committed to a progressive policy agenda and American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.”

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Special Assistant, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Economic Policy team. The position is open to individuals with an interest in equitable and inclusive economic growth. Successful candidates will be guided by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” The Special Assistant will provide administrative and research support to policy experts developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, possibly including macroeconomics, an equitable economic recovery, employment and wages, financial markets, and taxes. The role will present an introduction to a wide range of policy topics related to building an inclusive economy.

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Story Bank Campaign Associate, War Room

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communication and organizing background for a Story Bank Campaign Associate position for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote progressive policies.

American Progress has an immediate opening for a term-limited Story Bank Campaign Associate to join the CAP Action War Room’s growing Story Bank team. The Campaign Associate will be responsible for finding, vetting, and developing content on compelling storytellers, underscoring the need for progressive policy solutions and highlighting the ways in which families would benefit. The Campaign Associate will primarily work on a project focused on the need to strengthen long-term care and invest in a workforce to meet the needs of families throughout the country.

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Vice President and Coordinator, Health Policy

The Vice President and Coordinator for Health Policy will lead American Progress’ cross-cutting efforts to strengthen public health and end the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the significant vulnerabilities in the U.S. public health system to ensure that it is more resilient and that care is affordable and accessible to all. This effort also includes taking all possible means to ensure that Americans are vaccinated, the most vulnerable are prioritized, and key steps are taken to reopen schools and the economy, driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.”

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