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

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.

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.

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.

Not Secondary, But Central

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

The Security Case for Trade

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Foreign Affairs about the history of U.S. trade policy and the need to rebuild national consensus.

What Will Trump Do with Information from Intel Briefing?

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

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.

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

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.