Heather Hurlburt was the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America’s Political Reform program. Her work explored the intersection of international affairs policy and domestic political polarization and developed policy approaches that respond to those challenging conditions on topics from trade and climate to political violence to nuclear security. She also made the project a hub for analysis and convening around questions of diversity, gender and equity in international affairs.
Before joining New America, she held senior positions in conflict prevention and international affairs advocacy; served in the Clinton Administration as a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff, and as a Special Assistant and speechwriter to President Bill Clinton; and worked on Capitol Hill and on the US Delegation to the OSCE. She is a co-founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, serves on the board of Saferworld USA, and holds degrees from Brown and George Washington Universities.