Tanden in 2019
|Director of the Office of Management and Budget|
|President||Joe Biden (elect)|
|Born||1970 (age 49–50)|
Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles (BA)|
Yale Law School (JD)
Neera Tanden (born 1970) is an American political consultant and former government official. She is the president of the Center for American Progress, where she has served in different capacities since 2003.
Tanden has worked on several Democratic presidential campaigns, including those of Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992, and Barack Obama in 2008. Tanden advised Hillary Clinton's successful 2016 primary campaign and unsuccessful 2016 general election campaign. She was also a senior staffer on Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. During the Obama administration, Tanden helped draft the Affordable Care Act.
Neera Tanden was born in 1970 in Bedford, Massachusetts, to immigrant parents from India. She has a brother, Raj. Her parents divorced when she was five, after which Tanden's mother was on welfare for nearly two years before obtaining a job as a travel agent.
Tanden received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1992 and graduated from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1996. At Yale Law School, she was submissions editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review.
Tanden has been regarded as a Clinton loyalist and personal friend of Hillary Clinton. She worked with President Bill Clinton's campaign on new energy policies, and health-care reform, as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House, and as a domestic policy advisor in the First Lady's Office.
In 1999 and 2000, Tanden was deputy campaign manager and policy director for Hillary Clinton during her successful senatorial campaign in New York. After the election, Tanden served as Senator Clinton's legislative director from 2003 to 2005.
Tanden was Hillary Clinton's policy director for Clinton's unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.. The New York Times reported that Tanden punched ThinkProgress website editor and future Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign manager Faiz Shakir for asking Clinton about her Iraq War vote, which was unpopular among many Democratic voters.
Tanden was an unpaid adviser to Clinton's successful 2016 primary season nomination campaign and unsuccessful general election campaign in opposition to Republican candidate Donald Trump, while also running the Center for American Progress. After Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, Tanden was named to her transition team. Tanden was considered a candidate for a top White House job, had Clinton won the presidency.
After Barack Obama was nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate, Tanden was one of the first, and also one of the few, former Clinton campaign staffers to join his team. She was domestic policy director for his successful general election campaign.
Tanden served in the Obama administration as senior adviser to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services. She helped to draft the administration's health care legislation, including work specific to its proposed, but later withdrawn, public option. She also negotiated with Congress and stakeholders on several provisions of the bill. She has been described as one of the "key architects" of the Affordable Care Act.
In 2003, Tanden had a central role in the founding of the Center for American Progress (CAP). Tanden worked as Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy, while also serving as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and, starting in 2010, as Chief Operating Officer.
In 2016, a hacker obtained access to Podesta's private emails, which included exchanges with Tanden. In one exchange, on August 11, 2015, while discussing news that Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig was exploring a bid for the Democratic nomination, Tanden wrote of Lessig, "I fucking hate that guy." Lessig responded to the incident by saying that while he supported whistle blowing and a pardon of Edward Snowden, Tanden should not have to be burdened with having her private emails scrutinized and that it was not in the public interest. Tanden called the release of her personal communications, which often feature her blunt private assessments, a painful experience to endure.
After the 2016 election and Clinton's loss, Tanden refocused the work of the Center for American Progress, aiming to have the think tank, and especially its advocacy arm (the Center for American Progress Action Fund), serve as a "central hub for Trump resistance" as well as playing a leading role in shaping the healthcare debate within the Democratic Party.
In 2018, reports emerged that Tanden had revealed the first name of a CAP employee complaining of sexual harassment.
Tanden has been described by the Washington Post as a "progressive", by Business Insider as a "centrist", and by Vox as "one of the more liberal members of Clintonland". She is regarded as a loyalist and confidante of Bill and Hillary Clinton. She credits her experiences growing up relying on government assistance as the reason she has entered politics and the motivator of her career. She is known for her outspoken and prolific Twitter presence, where she has criticized lawmakers both to her political left and right.
Much of Tanden's work relates to healthcare policy in America. She worked on the passage of the Affordable Care Act during the Obama administration. However, she opposes single-payer healthcare, including Medicare for All proposals.
Tanden has publicly opposed the policy proposals and supporters of U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. During the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, she opposed Sanders's signature proposals of a $15 per hour minimum wage and single-payer healthcare.
Before the U.S.–NATO bombing of Libya, Tanden tweeted her support for Gaddafi's removal "(Not a Libya expert, but wasn't Qaddafi behind terrorism of attacking PanAm Flt 103 & killing Americans? Maybe we shd b chanting 4 ouster 2").
In October 2011, Tanden suggested (in a private email made public by WikiLeaks) that it "doesn't seem crazy" to her that Libya should "partially pay [the USA] back" with oil for US intervention. Glenn Greenwald noted the similarity to what Donald Trump said about Iraq oil ("I say we should take it and pay ourselves back.")
In September 2013, when President Obama was considering bombing Syria, Tanden tweeted that she supported U.S. intervention: "On Syria, while I don't want to be the world's policeman, an unpoliced world is dangerous. The U.S. may be the only adult in the room left." Shortly after, the Obama administration, in response to public outcry, dropped its plans to bomb Syria. Tanden said she opposed deploying U.S. soldiers to Syria.
In 2015, when Israeli Prime Minister campaigned against the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal, Tanden, as President of the Center for American Progress, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in Washington D.C.
The Democratic Party, the policies that the Clintons and Hillary believe in, I feel like a living example of someone who benefited.
Unlike many progressive Clinton alumni who had a hard time moving on after Clinton's defeat and held a grudge against Obama, Tanden joined the Obama team and played a key role in the passage of health-care reform...Since leaving the administration, she has become a consistent thorn in the administration's left side as a leading progressive voice.
On Nov. 1, Tanden assumed the presidency of the Center for American Progress, Washington's leading liberal think tank, which is an incessant advocate for a broad progressive agenda and as such a sharp thorn in President Obama's left side.
Neera has only ever served in the public (and public interest) sector. Her work has always and only been devoted to advancing her vision of the public good. It is not right that she should bear the burden of this sort of breach
In a sphere encrusted with suck-ups, soothers, and self-puffery, Ms. Tanden has emerged as a loyal but insistent straight-talker and acute assessor of Mrs. Clinton's stubbornness and weaknesses.
For years, Tanden, Biden's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has feuded—most frequently and famously on Twitter, where she is prolific and pointed—with Sanders supporters.
Tanden has expressed hawkish views, although in a statement to Salon she strongly opposed being described as hawkish. The New York Times has described Hillary Clinton as more hawkish than her Republican rivals, although it still endorsed her for president.
National Journal set out to find Washington's 25 most influential women and to share what makes them tick. From Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Center of American Progress President Neera Tanden to Susan Molinari, Google's director of public policy and government affairs, Washington's women are in every sector.
Fashion magazine ELLE is taking a look at the world inside the Beltway this month, naming the 10 most powerful women in D.C. "We're looking for diversity, and certainly unique and powerful women, but also those women who have something going on right now and that are really sort of very much in the mix of things."
|Non-profit organization positions|
| President of the Center for American Progress
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