Managing Director, Economic Policy; Director, American Worker Project
Expertise: Economic policy, retirement, labor unions, employment, public opinion
David Madland is the Director of the American Worker Project and the Managing Director of the Economic Policy team at American Progress. He has written extensively about the economy and American politics on a range of topics including retirement policy, labor unions, and workplace standards such as the minimum wage. His current work focuses on the importance of the middle class to the economy and democracy, as well as policies to restore the strength of the middle class.
Madland has appeared frequently on television shows, including the PBS News Hour and CNN’s Crossfire, been in cited in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker and been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the United States. He has testified before Congress on a number of occasions, as well as several state legislatures.
Madland has a doctorate in government from Georgetown University and received his bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system was honored as the best dissertation of the year by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Madland is the co-author of Interest Groups in Elections, a book about the role and influence of interest groups in American democracy and is the author of many academic articles. He has worked on economic policy for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and has consulted for several labor unions.