Heather Hurlburt

Director, New Models of Policy Change

Heather Hurlburt is the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on issues such as national security and climate change. 

Hurlburt is a contributor to New York Magazine; has published articles in Politico, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Fortune, Vox, and Time, among other publications. She co-hosts the Drezburt podcast and frequently appears in print and broadcast media. 

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

How Will Davos Treat Trump?

Heather Hurlburt wrote about Trump's upcoming appearance at Davos for New York Magazine.

Trump’s Tweet Won’t Start a Nuclear War — But the Real Danger Is Still Terrifying

Heather Hurlburt wrote her take on Trump's latest North Korea tweets for New York Magazine.

The World in 2018 — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Heather Hurlburt explained what major crises she thinks could happen in 2018 for New York Magazine.

Making Sense of Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Following Trump's Jerusalem announcement, Heather Hurlburt explained her takeaways for New York Magazine.

Arms Control Needs the Modernizing Lens That Gender Offers

Heather Hurlburt wrote a cover story for Arms Control Today about why a gender lens is crucial, not optional.

'We, Too, Are Survivors.' 223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

Heather Hurlburt signed the #metoonatsec letter, standing up against sexual harassment and abuse in the national security sector, which was

Trump Retweets Anti-Islam Videos From Far-Right U.K. Political Group

Heather Hulrburt was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the president's Islamophobic retweets.

7 Big Questions About North Korea’s Latest — and Longest — Missile Test

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about what North Korea's latest missile test means about the nuclear threat.

The Real Things Team Trump Is Trying to Accomplish in Asia

Heather Hurlburt wrote about to look for during Trump's trip to Asia for New York Magazine.

The US is on the verge of calling out Myanmar for ethnic cleansing

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in a Vox article about why labeling genocide and ethnic cleaning is important.

Trump Tried Reality-TV Tricks in His Iran Announcement

Heather Hurlburt interpreted Trump's Iran announcement for New York Magazine.

Wait, Are We at War With North Korea Now?

Heather Hurlburt interpreted the North Korean foreign minister's latest comments about a declaration of war for New York Magazine.