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Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she focuses on how both organizations can fulfill their missions to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns.

Before leading American Progress, Tanden was the organization’s chief operating officer. She previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement—the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden also served as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work and oversaw the debate preparation process for then-Sen. Clinton (D-NY).

Before the 2008 presidential campaign, Tanden served as legislative director in Sen. Clinton’s office and deputy campaign manager and issues director for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. She began her career as an associate director for domestic policy in former President Bill Clinton’s White House and senior policy adviser to the first lady.

Tanden has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” PBS’ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Most recently, she was named to Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List” and Politico Magazine’s “Politico 50,” an annual list of the top thinkers, doers, and visionaries in American politics. She has also been included in National Journal’s “Washington’s Most Influential Women,” Washingtonian magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics.”

Tanden received her bachelor of science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree from Yale Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.

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By Neera Tanden
Like Kamala Harris, I’m the daughter of an Indian immigrant. We are the American storyUSA TodayAugust 14, 2020
Donald Trump championed economic revival. He has achieved the opposite.USA TodayJuly 17, 2020
A lesson about Lyndon Johnson and Joe Biden for progressives in doubtUSA TodayApril 24, 2020
Nancy Pelosi beat Trump at his own game — and she’ll do it again and againNBC NewsJanuary 28, 2019
Outraged by Brett Kavanaugh confirmation? Make 2018 another Year of the WomanUSA TodayNovember 1, 2018
The Republican Party is now Trump’s Corruption Party. Here’s how to fix the GOP and DC.USA TodayAugust 30, 2018
Republicans’ fiscal hypocrisy is fully on display in the tax billNBC NewsNovember 30, 2017
A Message for Republicans in Congress: Virginia’s Election Shows Americans Want a Government That Works for Them—Not the 1 PercentCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 8, 2017
No More Complicity in Gun ViolenceU.S. News & World ReportOctober 6, 2017
The health care war is far from over: Neera TandenUSA TodayMarch 31, 2017
America Should Be the Best Place to Raise a Child — Not the HardestThe Huffington PostMay 2, 2016
Backfire: Republican Rhetoric in 2014 Will Be an Albatross for 2016Center for American Progress ActionNovember 3, 2014