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

Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment

Heather Hurlburt was interviewed by the Huffington Post about Bernie Sander's foreign policy.

Ignore Trump’s Words on Climate and the Paris Treaty — Look at What He’s Doing

Heather Hurlburt explained how to interpret the Trump administration's newest statement on climate change for New York Magazine.

Why North Korea’s Nuclear Test Should Unnerve and Embarrass Trump

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about North Korea's latest nuclear test and what the US should be doing in response.

Why Kim Jong-un Is Keeping Tensions High With Trump

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about how to interpret North Korea's missile flight over Japan.

The Politics of Hurricane Harvey

Heather Hurlburt wrote for The National Interest about the possibility of political action on climate change.

Isolationism in the Trump Era of 'America First'

The label arises amid political currents trending toward a fundamental struggle over the uniqueness of what it means to be American.

Could Donald Trump Stumble Into Nuclear War With North Korea?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about the chances of war with North Korea and why this situation is different from other arms c

Sorry, Jeff Sessions, but the ‘Culture of Leaks’ Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Fortune about why leaking will remain an integral part of politics and the Executive Branch.

How Will Trump Handle Putin's Disappointment?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about how US-Russia tensions could change following Putin's latest announcement.

Trump's Dangerous Game With Iran

Heather Hurlburt wrote about how Trump is increasing tensions with Iran for New York Magazine.

Deep State Radio: Fantasy Felon League Edition

Heather Hurlburt was included on an edition of Deep State Radio with commentator David Rothkopf, Georgetown Law School professor Rosa Brooks

Nothing About the White House’s Syria Announcement Was Normal

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about the strangeness surrounding the recent Syria announcement.