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Neera Tanden is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, Tanden served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.

Tanden previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, working on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of the legislation.

Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden had also served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work, ranging from domestic policy to the economy to foreign affairs, and managed day-to-day policy announcements. In that role, she also oversaw the debate preparation process for then-Sen. Clinton (D-NY).

Before the presidential campaign, Tanden was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CAP. Prior to that, she was one of the first senior staff members at the Center, joining as Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy when CAP first opened its doors. In between, Tanden was legislative director for Sen. Clinton, where she oversaw all policy and legislation in the Senate office. In 2000, she was Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager and issues director for her Senate campaign in New York. Tanden also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House and senior policy advisor to the first lady.

Tanden has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Washington” by National Journal and received the India Abroad Publisher’s Award for Excellence in 2011. Tanden was recently included on Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List” and recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics.” She received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.

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By Neera Tanden
Healthcare for All: The Unfinished Business of a NationState of Black AmericaMay 17, 2016
What’s Shaping the Global Progressive MovementThe Wall Street JournalMarch 11, 2016
Global Progress: New Ideas for the Future of the Global Progressive MovementCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2016
Transparency in TuitionsDemocracy JournalJanuary 4, 2016
If Canada Can Have a Half-Female Cabinet, Why Can’t We?Politico MagazineNovember 11, 2015
Encourage Drug Research Over ProfiteeringThe New York TimesSeptember 23, 2015
What Washington Can Learn From Japan’s Domestic Policy AgendaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2015
Marriage Equality Isn’t EnoughU.S. News & World ReportAugust 25, 2015
Defunding women’s health isn’t just irresponsible — it’s counterproductiveMSNBCAugust 21, 2015
How to Foster Long-Term Innovation InvestmentCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2015
We Need a Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination ActNewsweekDecember 10, 2014
Getting to the Bottom of ‘Grubergate’The Wall Street JournalNovember 14, 2014
Working Mother, Washington Powerhouse? Good Luck.National JournalJuly 28, 2014
Miliband’s Visit to Washington Provides a Timely Reminder of the Post-Crash Challenges Faced on Both Sides of the AtlanticThe Huffington PostJuly 21, 2014
Washington is not (entirely) brokenThe HillMay 22, 2014
A New Management Structure for a New Phase of the Affordable Care ActCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2014
The Economic Budget Outlook for Individuals, Families, and CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 27, 2014
Comparing the Effectiveness of Health CareCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2014
Preface to The Shriver ReportCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2014
Proponents of austerity are out of ideas. We have the alternativeThe GuardianOctober 24, 2013
California can lead the way on diversitySan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 27, 2013
The Dirty Truth About Boehner’s ‘Clean’ Continuing ResolutionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2013
Burying Supply-Side Once and for AllDemocracy: A Journal of IdeasJuly 23, 2013
Striking Down DOMA Won’t Cause a ‘Backlash’ Against Gay MarriageThe AtlanticMarch 27, 2013
Universal Preschool Raises Bar for AllPoliticoFebruary 14, 2013
Investing in Our ChildrenCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2013
Preventing Gun Violence in Our NationCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2013
Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our DeficitCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2012
U.S. Education Must Keep up With China’s, India’s Bold ProgramsU.S. NewsAugust 22, 2012
The 1990s Roots of the Contraception BattleThe New RepublicMarch 12, 2012
The Case for the Individual Mandate in Health Care ReformCenter for American ProgressFebruary 8, 2012
Census Data Underscore the Urgency of Enacting Job-Creation MeasuresCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2011
Democracy Also Means OpportunityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 17, 2011
Interactive Assessment: Judge Vinson’s Affordable Care Act DecisionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2011
Affordable Care Is ConstitutionalCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2010
Repeal/Reform of the Estate TaxCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2005