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Katherine Gehl
Katherine Gehl

Katherine Gehl

Entrepreneur & Political Reformer

Katherine Gehl is a business leader, political innovation activist, author, and speaker. Gehl leads Venn Innovations, a national, nonpartisan political innovation group, and is the co-author of the forthcoming book, "The Politics Industry," from Harvard Business Publishing. Gehl is co-chair of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, and co-founder and co-chair of Democracy Found. Gehl was president and CEO of Gehl Foods, a $250 million high-tech food manufacturing company in Wisconsin. 


More About Katherine Gehl

"Our political problems are not due to a single cause, but rather to a failure of the nature of the political competition that has been created. This is a systems problem."
Friday, September 1, 2017
"Chapter 2 zeroes in on a central reason America has made so little progress: our political system has been optimized by the two major political parties to advance their partisan interests rather than the public interest." 
Sunday, December 1, 2019

"At a time of deep dissatisfaction and distrust in the U.S. political system, this session will make a case for using the lens of industry competition to better understand our current political state and reinvigorate democracy. This timely discussion will inspire action to shift competition in politics toward a more productive model and spark dialogue about the future of U.S. democracy."

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
"American politics is, essentially, a duopoly - two political parties that set the rules under which government operates. But Katherine Gehl argues that approach is destroying democracy."
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
"When I ran against an incumbent senator, I learned the hard way how well insiders stack primaries against challengers."
Monday, May 20, 2019