The Center for American Progress is a progressive think-tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.


We are creating a long-term, progressive vision for America—a vision that policy makers, thought-leaders and activists can use to shape the national debate and pass laws that make a difference.


The Center for American Progress is headed by John D. Podesta, former chief of staff to President William J. Clinton and a professor at Georgetown University Center of Law.

What We Believe


As progressives we believe that America should be a country of boundless opportunity—where all people can better themselves through education, hard work, and the freedom to pursue their dreams. We believe this will only be achieved with an open and effective government that champions the common good over narrow self-interest, harnesses the strength of our diversity, and secures the rights and safety of its people.


Real progress will be achieved only through innovative solutions borne of open collaboration.


To realize our vision we must:


Build an opportunity nation where every hard-working person, regardless of background, can realize their dreams through education, decent work and fair play.


Reawaken America's conscience, our sense of shared and personal responsibility, to build healthy, vibrant communities.


Reform government so that it is of, by and for the people: open, effective, and committed to the common good.


Use America's strength to bring the world together, not pull it apart.


How We Work:


1) We explore the issues that matter most. We learn everything we can about the vital issues facing America and the world through dialogue with leaders, thinkers and citizens.


2) We develop bold new ideas. We debate. We develop a point of view. Then we take a stand.


3) We shape the national debate. We share our point of view—online, on campus, in the media, on the shop floor and in the boardroom, with Congress and in statehouses—with everyone who can put our ideas into practice and affect positive change.

Who is a progressive?


Founded on the ideals of the progressive movement at the turn of the century, today’s progressive movement believes that an open and effective government can improve the lives of everyday Americans by playing an active role in solving social and economic problems.


In other words, a progressive is someone who is idealistic enough to believe that things can be better and pragmatic enough to get it done.

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