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ProgressNow has since 2003, been developing a network of state partner organizations to fill an influential and polarizing role in the progressive infrastructure of key states.[1]

ProgressNow state partners serve as non-stop, multi-issue advocacy organizations for social justice and other progressive issues.


ProgressNow, previously known as the Rocky Mountain Progressive Network, was founded in 2003. ProgressNow's sister organization is ProgressNow Education.[2] The Founding Chairman is Rollie Heath, a Boulder executive who was elected as the 18th District State Senator in 2008. The organization is run by Executive Director Michael Huttner, a UC Hastings law graduate and lawyer turned political consultant.[3] The Deputy Director is Bobby Clark, who was part of Howard Dean's online campaign.[4]

Its founding Board Members include Wes Boyd, founder of[5], Rob McKay, Chairman of the Board of the Democracy Alliance and President of the McKay Family Foundation[6], Jared Polis, elected in 2008 as the U.S. Congressman for Colorado’s 2nd District[7], and Ted Trimpa (Chair), a lawyer in Hogan and Hartson’s government relations practice[8].

History and Mission

ProgressNow was formed to counter the conservative Independence Institute. In Colorado alone, their subscriber base exceeds 350,000 members.[9] In 2006, ProgressNow began to expand its network outside of Colorado and has since created ProgressNow Partners Networks in twelve other states: Progress Ohio, Courage Campaign (CA), Progress Florida, Progress Michigan, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, ProgressNow Nevada, Granite State Progress (NH), Clearly New Mexico, Keystone Progress (PA), FUSE Washington, and One Wisconsin Now. As of January, 2010 the organization had over 2.4 million online members and hopes to expand to 25 states.

Podesta/Huttner email To: Date: 2008-04-29 18:29

Subject: Do you want to discuss any of these states?

Dear Board, Investors and Progressive Partner Organizations,

Great news! We are proud to announce our newest advisors below. I've also included the most recent successes in each of our state partner organizations.

Please let me know if you'd like to discuss any ProgressNow partner states: California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington or Wisconsin.

I'd also like your advice on any of these states: Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon or Pennsylvania.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.


Mike (303) 931-4547 cell

P.S. Let me know if you wish to discuss our plans around the August convention in Denver (the Pepsi Center is four blocks from our office).

P.P.S. Below is an updated list of our advisors (if you would like to be added let me know)

National Board of Directors: Wes Boyd, Martin Collier, Rob McKay, Doug Phelps, Jared Polis, Deborah Rappaport, Bill Roberts, Jeff Rusnak, Anne Summers, Ted Trimpa (Chair) and Joe Zimlich (We recently lost one of our cherished board members-- Adam Solomon-- who went out of his way to help so many of us and so many progressive causes. Our deepest condolences to his entire family. Adam's passing is a true loss and we will miss him.)

Advisors Include: Alexandra Acker, Karen Ackerman, Jennifer Ancona, Adam Bink, Kafi Blumenfield, Bill Budinger, Marc Buell, Anne Bartley, Patricia Bauman, Jeff Blum, Heather Booth, Robert Borosage, David Brock, Anna Burger, Steve Cobble, Noey Congdon, David Donnelly, Cathy Duvall, Christian Ettinger, Patricia Evert, Kirstin Falk, Ricki Feller, David Friedman, Meg Gage, Beth Ganz, Chris Gates, James Golin, Ellen Golumbek, Ken Grossinger, Jill Hanauer, Honorable Gary Hart, Jerry Hauser, Bracken Hendricks, Norton Kalishman, Craig Kaplan, Paul Lhevine, Paul Loeb, Mark Lotwis, John Luongo, Mike Lux, Awilda Marquez, Matt MacWilliams, Tony Masarro, Peter Murray, Sandy Newman, Eli Pariser, Steve Phillips, Drummond Pike, John Podesta, Mike Podhorzer, Zach Pollet, Carl Pope, Rachel Pritzker, Andrew Rasiej, Cecile Richards, Will Robinson, Robin Rorapaugh, Donald Ross, Ron Rowell, Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Laura Quinn, Marsha Scott, Steve Silberstein, David Sirota, Frank Smith, Greg Speed, Steve Shapiro, Rob Stein, John Stocks, Valerie Tarico, Betsy Taylor, Roy Temple, Lisa Turner, Michael Vachon, Phil Villers, Antha Williams, Al Yates, Jon Youngdahl, David Zwick.

ProgressNow affiliate organizations have already launched in nine states and we hope to expand to twenty-five states by 2012.



State Chapters

Supported Candidates

2010 Candidates

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