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Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

Director of the Social Policy & Politics Program

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky is the Director of Third Way’s Social Policy & Politics Program, where she advances the case for a moderate-led U.S. politics and aims for progress on hot-button social issues like gay equality, immigration, abortion, and guns. She has spearheaded the program’s Commitment Campaign, a groundbreaking effort to move Americans in the middle to support marriage for gay couples.

Lanae comes to Third Way from Alliance for Justice, where she served as Legislative Counsel drafting comprehensive reports on federal judicial nominees and advocating for progressive policies on a wide range of issues, including executive privilege, detention and interrogation policy, the state secrets doctrine, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Previously, she worked at the Legal Rights Center, a nonprofit poverty law firm, and the Center for Victims of Torture. Lanae earned her JD magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

She has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, The New Yorker, and The PBS NewsHour, and has appeared on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, Fox News, CSPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, Bloomberg Television, Air America, and Minnesota Public Radio.

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