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RELEASE: Young “Neoliberals” Link Up With PPI

WASHINGTON— The Neoliberal Project, a fast-growing network of young pragmatists, is joining forces with the Progressive Policy Institute.

“Over the last several years, we have built the Neoliberal Project into an online community of politically engaged young individuals who are pushing back against the ideological extremes that put our country in peril,” said Colin Mortimer, the Neoliberal Project’s executive director.

“Now we are proud to join one of the most storied think tanks in the country, as we develop and advocate for a radically pragmatic agenda for change our country so urgently needs,” he added.

The Neoliberal Project attracts the next generation of people who identify with the liberal values on which America has built the world’s most vibrant and diverse democracy: competitive markets, robust public investment, a strong welfare state, and social pluralism and tolerance. Previously a part-time volunteer organization, the Project boasts a Twitter account with 34,000 followers, meetup networks in 20 cities, a podcast with over a quarter of million downloads, dozens of Facebook groups and pages and Exponents, a magazine and newsletter.

“PPI is thrilled to team up with the Neoliberal Project,” said Will Marshall, President of PPI. “The Neoliberal Project brings a fresh voice to the nation’s political conversation — thousands of enterprising thinkers, writers, and doers who are determined to lean against the forces that our polarizing America. They fill a vacuum in our politics for a pragmatically liberal alternative to right-wing populism and democratic socialism.”

Adds PPI Executive Vice President Lindsay Lewis, “The Neoliberal Project has created a grassroots network of new leaders to support and reinforce the work of like-minded political leaders at all levels of government.”

Colin Mortimer joins PPI as Director of the Neoliberal Project and economic policy analyst, alongside Jeremiah Johnson, director of the project’s podcast and digital programming, who joins as a non-resident PPI Fellow.

For more background and details, read this post on Medium. CONTACT:, 202-525-3926


The Progressive Policy Institute is a catalyst for policy innovation and political reform based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to create radically pragmatic ideas for moving America beyond ideological and partisan deadlock.

Founded in 1989, PPI started as the intellectual home of the New Democrats and earned a reputation as President Bill Clinton’s “idea mill.” Many of its mold-breaking ideas have been translated into public policy and law and have influenced international efforts to modernize progressive politics.

Today, PPI is developing fresh proposals for stimulating U.S. economic innovation and growth; equipping all Americans with the skills and assets that social mobility in the knowledge economy requires; modernizing an overly bureaucratic and centralized public sector; and defending liberal democracy in a dangerous world.