Hollie Russon Gilman

Fellow, Political Reform Program

Hollie Russon Gilman is a Political Reform program fellow at New America. Her first book is Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation and America as part of the Harvard Kennedy School's series on governance innovation in the 21st century. Gilman also held an Open Technology Institute fellowship at New America. She also has a forthcoming co-authored book with Sabeel Rahman, Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis (2019).

She served in the Obama White House as the Open Government and Innovation Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked as a field organizer in New Hampshire. Gilman was a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation's Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard's Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st century civic engagement. She has worked as an advisor, researcher, and consultant to numerous non-profits and foundations including the Case Foundation, Center for Global Development, Gates Foundation, Knight Foundation, and the World Bank

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and A.B. from the University of Chicago with highest honors in Political Science. She has published in numerous academic and popular audience publications including the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Slate, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Washington Post and Vox. Gilman is a recipient of numerous awards, including: AAAS Big Data and Analytics Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Environmental Working Group’s Excellence for Technology and Innovation, and the Center for the American Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellowship. She is a Lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, a Fellow at Georgetown's Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.