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Jonathan Cowan
Jonathan Cowan

Jonathan Cowan

Co-Founder & President, Third Way

Jonathan Cowan is the co-founder and president of Third Way, a leading public policy think tank and prominent voice in center-left debates in America. Cowan has over 25 years of experience at senior levels of politics and government, including in Congress and as chief of staff of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration. Cowan has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and is frequently cited as a policy and political expert in national outlets.


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To progressive populists Jonathan Cowan says, “Wake up! Democrats are in their worst shape in terms of officeholders at the state and federal level since Reconstruction. Something has to change if we are to be competitive in elections.”


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jonathan Cowan talks about what happened during the 2016 elections, and why progressives should become “opportunity Democrats.”


Monday, August 13, 2018

Jonathan Cowan joins a panel to argue that America’s moderates can win the battle of ideas.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jonathan Cowan argues, “The party is not going to go in the direction of Sanders-style socialism, because it’s not winning on the issues and it doesn’t win politically except in a very, very limited number of places.”


Friday, July 20, 2018

An overview of a study by Third Way on the 2016 election.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Jonathan Cowan argues, “We know that when voters have had a chance to weigh in directly on these Sanders-style policies at the ballot box, they reject them.”


Thursday, August 9, 2018