Jonathan Cowan

Jonathan Cowan has co-founded and run three high-impact national advocacy organizations, served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under then-Secretary Andrew Cuomo, and worked as a Democratic press secretary and legislative aide in Congress. For the past decade, he has led Third Way and built it into a prominent voice in center-left debates, with Prospect Magazine naming Third Way the 2013 North American Think Tank of the Year and The Washington Post dubbing it “the best source of new ideas in public policy.”

Previously, he co-founded and ran America’s then-largest Generation X advocacy group, Lead…or Leave and battled the NRA for sensible gun policy as the head of Americans for Gun Safety, which The Atlantic said was responsible for “fundamentally changing the debate” on firearm policy. Additionally, Cowan has served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, authored a book titled Revolution X, and is frequently cited as a policy and political expert in national outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and NPR.

Thirdway in the News
Published June 18, 2020

A Shock-Proof America

Thirdway in the News
Washington Post
Published January 15, 2020

Bernie Sanders’s agenda makes him the definition of unelectable

Thirdway in the News
The Huffington Post
Published July 15, 2019

Bernie Sanders Touts New List Of ‘Anti-Endorsements’

Thirdway in the News
Washington Post
Published July 1, 2019

Is Centrism Doomed?

Thirdway in the News
Published July 1, 2019

Can Socialism Win in 2020? Democrats Aren’t Embracing It


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