Will Ragland

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Will Ragland is a senior director for the Advocacy team at American Progress, where he leads strategic and investigative research in support of the building’s communications and campaign efforts. He has worked in similar roles since 2014 at American Progress.

From 2009 to 2014, Ragland served in the U.S. Department of Education as a special assistant in Secretary Arne Duncan’s Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs. While there, he helped manage the Obama administration’s budget, appropriations, and education policy priorities on the Hill.

Prior to this, Ragland was on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign research staff, worked as a research assistant on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, served in Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer, and taught high school in rural Virginia.

He has his undergraduate degree in English and writing from the Virginia Military Institute.

Latest by Will Ragland

‘Blinking Red’: A Running Timeline of How the Trump Administration Ignored Warnings, Misled the Public, and Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse Interactive
A view of the West Wing of the White House, May 27, 2017, in Washington. (Getty/Brendan Smialowski)

‘Blinking Red’: A Running Timeline of How the Trump Administration Ignored Warnings, Misled the Public, and Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse

This interactive timeline presents the important details about what Trump and his administration have and haven’t done about the coronavirus pandemic—every ignored warning; every needless, wasteful fight; and every tragic misstep they try to spin into success.

Ryan Koronowski, Jeremy Venook, Will Ragland