Heather Hurlburt

Director, New Models of Policy Change

Heather Hurlburt is director of the New Models of Policy Change initiative at New America's Political Reform program.

Hurlburt will lead research into how policy advocacy is adapting to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization, and provide guidance to advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions.

Previously, she ran the National Security Network, a premier source for internationalist foreign policy messaging and advocacy, held senior positions in the White House and State Department under President Bill Clinton, and worked on Capitol Hill and for the International Crisis Group. She holds degrees from Brown and George Washington Universities.

All Work

BETTER LIFE LAB
A Guide to Talking Women, Peace, and Security Inside the U.S. Security Establishment

How much do national security policymakers consider the ways policies and programs impact men and women differently?


POLITICAL REFORM
After Aleppo: Prospects for Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Administration

Join a us as we consider what the future looks like for atrocity prevention.


POLITICAL REFORM
Will Trump Target Women’s Programs Worldwide?

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in Foreign Policy about the consequences of President Trump potentially restoring the global gag rule.


POLITICAL REFORM
Obama’s Flawed Foreign Policy

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Democracy Journal about President Obama's foreign policy legacy.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State Backs the Paris Climate Deal Trump Would Scrap

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in the Washington Post about Rex Tillerson's stance on the Paris climate deal.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and POLITICAL REFORM
Electoral Violence: Can It Happen Here?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Democracy Journal about predicting and preventing violence during and after the election.


International Policy and Open Government: No-Go Zone, or Leapfrogging Late Adapters?

The idea of open government clashes with the traditions of foreign affairs. Or does it? Heather Hurlburt explores.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Not Secondary, But Central

What do policymakers know--and not know--about gender inclusivity?


POLITICAL REFORM
Why Donald Trump’s Transition From Sexual Assault to ISIS Made Sense

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Time about Donald Trump's pivot from sexual assault allegations to ISIS during the second presidential debate.


POLITICAL REFORM
What Will Trump Do with Information from Intel Briefing?

Heather Hurlburt joined MSNBC to discuss Donald Trump's first official intelligence briefing.


POLITICAL REFORM
Hillary’s Security Blanket

Heather Hurlburt wrote for the Democracy Journal about Hillary Clinton and national security.


If We Want Gun Safety, We Need to Change Course

We need to do something differently if we hope to enact gun control in America, says Heather Hurlburt.