The Great Democracy Initiative was founded to address a critical problem: the current policy and political landscape makes it nearly impossible to focus on building a progressive policy agenda.

At a time when the daily news cycle keeps policymakers rushing from one outrageous incident to the next, it is easy to see why big, progressive ideas have taken a backseat. But if we focus only on responding to the torrent of tweet storms and near-daily political scandals or fending off efforts to slide a destructive policy agenda under the radar, we lose the opportunity to lay the groundwork for the policies of the future.

Teddy Roosevelt once said that, “A great democracy has got to be progressive, or else it will soon cease to be either great or a democracy.” Inspired by Roosevelt’s words, as well as his legacy, the Great Democracy Initiative will release detailed policy proposals that offer progressive solutions to the biggest problems of our time. From confronting the concentration of power in our economy to fundamentally reforming our broken government, GDI aims to produce policy blueprints aimed at taming government corruption, breaking the stranglehold that big corporations have on our economy, protecting our democracy from global threats, and building a prosperous, safe, and healthy society for all Americans. The Great Democracy Initiative is housed at the Roosevelt Institute, the nonprofit partner to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

 

Leadership

Julie Margetta Morgan, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Julie Morgan is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Great Democracy Initiative. She is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She previously served as a senior counsel to Senator Elizabeth Warren, a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and in multiple roles at the Center for American Progress. Julie holds a Ph.D. and J.D. from Boston College.

Ganesh Sitaraman, Director of Policy and Co-Founder

Ganesh Sitaraman is the Co-founder and Director of Policy for the Great Democracy Initiative. He is also a professor of law at Vanderbilt University. Ganesh served as policy director to Senator Elizabeth Warren during her Senate campaign, and then as her senior counsel in the U.S. Senate. He is the author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic and The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, which won the 2013 Palmer Prize for Civil Liberties.