Michael Waldman was Director of Speechwriting and Assistant to the President for President Bill Clinton from 1995-1999. Before that he was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination (1993-1995).
He has written several books, including A Return to Common Sense: Seven Bold Ways to Revitalize Democracy (Sourcebooks, 2008), My Fellow Americans (Sourcebooks, 2003), POTUS Speaks (Simon & Schuster, 2000), and Who Robbed America? A Citizens' Guide to the Savings and Loan Scandal (Random House, 1990).
Prior to that, Waldman was the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch. Waldman was a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2001 to 2003.
Waldman has also been a litigator in private practice in New York. He is a graduate of Columbia College (B.A., 1982) and New York University School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was a member of the Law Review.
Brennan Center for Justice
On November 29, 2006 Open Society Institute held a roundtable discussion entitled "How Do Progressives Connect Ideas to Action?"
- Individuals and organizations with similarly progressive goals often dilute their power by working alone or even working at cross-purposes. As Americans who are politically left of center move forward, questions of infrastructure, communication, and collaboration are particularly important.
Participants included several key leaders of the "progressive" movement;
- Deepak Bhargava Center for Community Change
- Robert Borosage Campaign for America's Future.
- Rosa Brooks Open Society Institute
- Anna Burger Service Employees International Union
- Eric Foner Columbia University, Department of History
- Michel Gelobter Redefining Progress
- Hendrik Hertzberg The New Yorker
- Alan Jenkins Opportunity Agenda
- Gara LaMarche Open Society Institute
- Jal Mehta New Vision Institute for Policy and Progress
- David Moss The Tobin Project
- Iara Peng Young People For
- Stephanie Robinson The Jamestown Project at Yale
- Joel Rogers University of Wisconsin Law School
- Andrea Batista Schlesinger Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
- Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation editor.
- John Podesta Center for American Progress
- Michael Waldman The Brennan Center for Justice
- Matthew Yglesias The American Prospect
North Star Fund 35th Gala
In 2014, at Chelsea Piers, North Star Fund held its annual Community Gala. This 35th Anniversary Community Gala was a spectacular celebration of North Star Fund and the achievements of our diverse community of philanthropic and grassroots activists and organizers. The event raised $870,000, which broke every previous record.
Notable guests included Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray, Katherine Acey, Nisha Atre, Martha Baker, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Jay Beckner, Ingrid Benedict, Bill Bragin, Peter Brest, Art Chen, Bobby Cohen, Joe Conason, Larry Condon, Anne Delaney, Maddy deLone, Deni Frand, Elizabeth Gilmore, Elspeth Gilmore, Mark Green, Gary Hattem, Pierre Hauser, Michael Hirschhorn, Sarah Kovner and Victor Kovner, Dal LaMagna, Josh Mailman, Christine Marinoni, Christina McInerney, Pam McMichael, Ruth Messinger, Cynthia Nixon, Shola Olatoye, Ana Oliveira, Erica Payne, Lisa Philp, Mark Reed, Rinku Sen, Tani Takagi, Elizabeth Wagley, Michael Waldman, Maggie Williams, Barbara Winslow, and Kyung Yoon.