Elaine Kamarck

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Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Cuilla Kamarck Lecturer in Public Policy Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs who came to the Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 after a career in politics and government. In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the New Democrat movement that helped elect Bill Clinton president. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, where she created and managed the Clinton Administration's National Performance Review, also known as reinventing government. At the Kennedy School she served as Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century and as Faculty Advisor to the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. In 2000, she took a leave of absence to work as Senior Policy Advisor to the Gore campaign. She conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation. Kamarck received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Kamarck is the author of "The End of Government As We Know It: Policy Implementation in the 21st Century" published by Lynne Rienner Publishing, Fall, 2006. She is also the author of "Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System." Forthcoming Brookings, Spring 2009.[1]

Democratic Agenda

More than 1,200 people attended the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee initiated Democratic Agenda Conference held November 16-18, 1979, at the International Inn and Metropolitan AM Church in Washington 1 DC. The conference focused on "corporate power'; as the key barrier to "economic and political democracy," concepts many Democratic Agenda participants defined as "socialism.'

The Democratic Agenda meetings attempted to develop anti-corporate alternatives" through influencing the direction of the Democratic Party during the period leading to the July 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York.

Workshops included "The Platform Process & Political Action Committees - Frank Wallick, moderator; Bill Dodds, Elaine Kamarck, Leon Shull, Marjorie Phyfe".[2]

Center for American Progress

Elaine Kamarck serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for American Progress.[3]


As at September 3, 2010, Kamarck served on the Board of Advisors for VoteVets.org.[4] VoteVets.org is a Veterans advocacy group. Its PAC states that it seeks to elect Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to public office – "regardless of party". However from 2006 - 2010 the organization has donated $15,100 to the Republican Party and $228,700 to the Democratic Party.

Unity Reform Commission

In 2017 the Democratic National Committee's 21-member Unity Reform Commission included nine members selected by Hillary Clinton, seven members picked by Bernie Sanders, three picked by Thomas Perez, and the chair and vice chair ― selected by Clinton and Sanders, respectively.

Elaine Kamarck, Massachusetts; senior fellow, Brookings Institution.[5]


  1. Kennedy School bio
  2. Information Digest, December 14, 1979, page 370/371
  3. CAP website (accessed on September 2, 2010)
  4. VoteVets.org: Board of Advisors (accessed on Sept. 3, 2010)
  5. HuffPo Daniel Marans, 04/17/2017 03:38 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2017