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Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where she focuses on how both organizations can fulfill their missions to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns.

Before leading American Progress, Tanden was the organization’s chief operating officer. She previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement—the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden also served as policy director for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work and oversaw the debate preparation process for then-Sen. Clinton (D-NY).

Before the 2008 presidential campaign, Tanden served as legislative director in Sen. Clinton’s office and deputy campaign manager and issues director for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign. She began her career as an associate director for domestic policy in former President Bill Clinton’s White House and senior policy adviser to the first lady.

Tanden has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” PBS’ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Most recently, she was named to Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List” and Politico Magazine’s “Politico 50,” an annual list of the top thinkers, doers, and visionaries in American politics. She has also been included in National Journal’s “Washington’s Most Influential Women,” Washingtonian magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics.”

Tanden received her bachelor of science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree from Yale Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.

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By Neera Tanden
A New Social Contract for the 21st CenturyDemocracy JournalJune 23, 2020
A National and State Plan To End the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2020
Deficit and Debt Shouldn’t Factor Into Coronavirus Recession Responsethe Roosevelt InstituteMarch 19, 2020
Public Health Requires an Extraordinarily Aggressive Economic Response to Coronavirus Immediately—One That’s Larger Than What Many ImagineCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2020
Trump’s tax law expanded the child tax credit to the wealthy, and left 26 million children behindNBC NewsApril 2, 2019
Broken Norms Should End Business-As-Usual NominationsLaw360July 23, 2018
Why the Fight for $15 Matters for the Millennial Generation, and for All WomenTeen VogueSeptember 4, 2017
The bipartisan way to strengthen health careThe Washington PostJuly 18, 2017
Cruz plan isn’t the improvement the GOP wants us to think it isHouston ChronicleJuly 13, 2017
Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Premiums and Stabilize Insurance MarketsCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2017
GOP plan yanks lifesaving health care for millionsOrlando SentinelJune 27, 2017
The Kremlin’s Election Meddling Is Paying OffThe AtlanticJune 24, 2017
The Secret Bill That Could Destroy ObamacareCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2017
Toward a Marshall Plan for AmericaCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2017
What American progressives should learn from France’s MacronThe Washington PostMay 9, 2017
Every Single False Republican Criticism of Obamacare Applies Perfectly to TrumpcareLos Angeles TimesMarch 15, 2017
France Should Beware—You’re Putin’s Next TargetLe MondeFebruary 14, 2017
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