Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America
2016 Speaker • 2017 Speaker • 2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker • 2020 Speaker

Washington, D.C.

Heather Hurlburt directs the New Models of Policy Change initiative at New America's Political Reform program. She leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective under intense political polarization, and she guides advocates and funders navigating politics on behalf of policy solutions. She is a foreign policy columnist for New York magazine and cohosts the #Drezburt podcast with Tufts Fletcher School professor Dan Drezner.


Previously Hurlburt ran the National Security Network, a premier source for internationalist foreign policy messaging and advocacy, and she held management positions at the International Crisis Group, Human Rights First and the ONE Campaign. She served in the White House and State Department under President Bill Clinton, worked on Capitol Hill and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Hurlburt holds degrees from Brown and George Washington universities.