Jonathan Cowan

President and Co-founder, Third Way

Jonathan Cowan is a co-founder and President of Third Way, the leading moderate Democratic think tank and advocacy group, and also of Shield PAC, a one-of-a-kind effort to protect moderate House Democrats from GOP attacks tying them to the far left. He has co-founded and run two other high-impact national advocacy organizations, served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 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.