Simon Rosenberg--Full Bio

President and Founder

Simon Rosenberg is President and founder of NDN, a leading, center-left think tank in Washington, DC. Rosenberg, a veteran of two presidential campaigns, including the 1992 Clinton War Room, got his start as a writer and producer in network television. He is a leading political thinker and commentator with a unique ability to identify important trends and decipher changes transforming American politics well before others.

Rosenberg designed new programs for Democrats to communicate effectively in the digital age and was one of the first major political operatives to understand and embrace new technologies and media. He devised strategies to make Democrats more competitive in states with rapidly growing Hispanic populations and has helped map a smart path forward on immigration reform. He saw how the strident ideological politics of the Baby Boomers are yielding to a Millennial Generation – the largest and most progressive U.S. generation ever. He understood that together, these changes are creating a new electoral map that has given forward-thinking Democrats a chance at historic political realignment.

Rosenberg has built NDN into one of Washington’s most forward-thinking policy shops. Together with Dr. Rob Shapiro, President Clinton’s Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs and Chair of NDN’s Globalization Initiative, he has fashioned a unique set of messages and policies around focusing on the economic well-being of everyday people based on Shapiro’s early analysis that even as GDP and productivity rose during the Bush years, wages stagnated and incomes declined.

Rosenberg is a member of the Aspen Institute’s 2001 Class of Henry Crown Fellows, and the Advisory Board of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.  He won the national election prediction contest held by the Hill Newspaper in both 2012 and 2008.  In 2007, he was named one of the 50 most powerful people in DC by GQ Magazine.

Rosenberg and his wife, Caitlin Durkovich, an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, live in Washington, DC with their three children and Tug, a spirited bulldog.