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Lindsay Mark Lewis

Lindsay Mark Lewis has been the Executive Director and Board Member of the Progressive Policy Institute(PPI) since 2010.

Besides his involvement in all PPI projects, he focuses on building policy dialogues with Mayors, Governors, House and Senate Members, the Administration and expanding the PPI reach into International policy and idea connections. He spends significant time in Europe engaging stakeholders in Brussels and individual Member States’ policy leaders. He has led PPI efforts into Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Argentina and other key high growth and innovative regions of the globe.

Prior to joining PPI, Mr. Lewis spent over 20 years working for U.S. policymakers and campaigns. From 2005 to 2006 he was the National Finance Director of the Democratic National Committee, including the launching of the Democracy Bonds under his leadership. Among his other forays into U.S. politics he has held senior positions with Democratic Leadership in the U.S. House, with U.S. Senators, Governors and Mayoral campaigns.

He is the author of the book Political Mercenaries and his opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic and many other regional papers. He has been featured on NPR, C-SPAN and other media outlets.

He is an avid suffering passionate fan of the Washington Capitals and Baltimore Orioles and a native of the DC region.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.5.2017

Americans don’t agree on much these days — but everyone knows our politics isn’t working. Even the simplest of issues are no match for the spinmeisters, and policy argument has been replaced by viral meme. It’s a plague that undermines the very idea of meeting in the middle that has been fundamental to our progress. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.23.2017

As the parties have given up on their core functions, wealthy donors with ideological agendas have filled the void they’ve left. Democrats suffered losses up and down the ballot on Nov. 8, bolstering Republican dominance of both national and state governments. A presidential campaign launched with high hopes wound up adding to the party’s demoralizing string of defeats […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 9.29.2015

It’s hard to find common ground between the two parties in Washington these days, but getting America out of this protracted entrepreneurial slump should be an urgent national priority. Here’s one idea that ought to appeal to both sides: Enable the nation’s credit unions to invest more in new and small businesses. One of the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.28.2015

Political gridlock is a problem, but in a 50-50 country you have to expect some issues will be hard to move forward.  In today’s Washington, however, Congress is stuck and immobilized even on issues where most of its members agree.  That’s gridlock on steroids, and it’s destructive to our civics. Consider the recent debate over […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.10.2015

Should city governments get into the Internet service business, competing with the likes of Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for the right to pipe the Web into your living room or office? President Obama thinks so. He visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Jan. 14 to laud the city’s publicly owned utility, which offers residents fiber-optic Internet. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 7.16.2014

“Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with nowadays.” —Will Rogers Super PACs are unquestionably a scandal: The lightly regulated committees mean wealthy donors can funnel unlimited amounts of money into elections anonymously. But one of the remedies being proposed—early and frequent disclosure of super-PAC donors and […]

Op-eds and Articles

Lindsay Lewis writes in the Daily Beast that the real corruption in Congress is facilitated by congressional staff whose main goal is to keep their boss and donors happy: The House of Representatives in the 112th Congress has earned its single digit approval rating with aplomb. Gridlock, brinksmanship, mistrust, and meaningless partisan votes make today’s […]


By / 10.31.2011

Somewhere in the last two decades, politicians began to believe that the way to win an electoral majority is not to prove that you can govern well, but to prove that you can campaign. Today, politicians are caught in an ever-escalating, never-ending, 24-hour, 365-day campaign cycle dominated by the burden of raising enough money to […]