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

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.


POLITICAL REFORM
Can Transpartisan Coalitions Overcome Polarization?

We studied the successes and failures of an emerging approach to policy change.


Nothing Personal

Heather Hurlburt kicks off our series of essays on why we believe policy is personal with a look at who has the luxury of not taking it pers


POLITICAL REFORM
Why Democratic foreign policy wonks are worried about the election

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Vox about candidates foreign policy and the fallout from who will win.


POLITICAL REFORM
Margins to Mainstream

Join us to discuss left-right cooperation in the form of resistance to Common Core, as well as the evidence of its failures and limits.


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Politics aren’t more partisan today–we’re just fighting about more issues

Last night’s State of the Union speech was shaped by the perception that we are in a catastrophic moment of political polarization. “It’s on


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech: Unleashing Known Unknowns

Future of War's Heather Roff spoke on "Hi-tech, bio-tech: Unleashing Known Unknowns" at the Halifax International Security Forum, where Poli


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Does the “women’s vote” in US politics actually exist?

For the last 30 years, analysts have framed gender issues in politics as a “gap” between how men and women vote. Will a given development, a


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Could a Paris-Style Attack Happen in the United States?

Mic spoke with Heather Hurlburt, a policy director at the New America Foundation who worked in the State Department and the White House duri


BETTER LIFE LAB, POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Women's Decision 2016 (Part 2)

Join New America’s Breadwinning and Caregiving and Political Reform Programs for a discussion about what women want as voters in 2016.


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Why “gender gap” analysis of American politics is mostly wrong

Recently, Benghazi and Ben Carson have pushed gender politics to the side of 2016 coverage. But with Hillary Clinton calling sexism on Berni


POLITICAL REFORM
Rescheduled: Budget Battles

This event is second in a series of New Models of Policy Change case studies that examine the successes and limits of trans-partisanship.