Anna Burger

Hailed by Fortune Magazine as "the most powerful woman in the labor movement" Anna Burger retired in 2010 as both a top ranking officer at SEIU and the first chair of the labor federation, Change to Win.  She brought together seven unions representing six million workers to develop a common agenda for working families, successfully negotiated with the White House on health care reform issues and negotiated the first bilateral agreement with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.

A longtime strategist, Burger led SEIU’s grassroots election work through 2010, which helped elect President Barack Obama and worked across the movement in building a sustainable progressive infrastructure.

An outspoken voice on the critical role unions can play to restore economic fairness in America, she served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board from March 2009 – March 2011).

As a Harvard University 2011 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Burger focused her work on new models of civic engagement launching the Gettysburg Project on Civic Engagement which she co-chairs with Harvard University’s Kennedy School Academic Dean, Archon Fung.

Anna Burger also serves as the New Conversation’s Projects executive director at Cornell University ILR School.


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Liz Butler

Liz has nearly 20 years of experience organizing and campaigning on critical issues, with a focus on both corporate and legislative campaigns. She has worked with MSC as the Network Organizing Project Director, and was previously the Campaign Director (Executive Director/CEO equivalent) of 1Sky, a large-scale collaborative climate campaign with over 600 allies, 4500 local leaders, and 200,000 citizen advocates. Liz managed a successful merger of 1Sky with 350 in 2011 after helping build and execute a successful campaign on climate and clean energy. Prior to 1Sky, Liz was a co-founder of ForestEthics, where she spent 10 years as the Organizing Director. During that time, ForestEthics’ work resulted in the protection of over 50 million acres of forests in the U.S., Canada, and Chile. Liz also served as the National Organizing Director for American Lands Alliance, the Director of Missouri Public Interest Research Group, and graduated from Green Corps’ Environmental Leadership Training Program, where she received the third Alumni Achievement Award ever given by Green Corps.

In 2010, Liz was awarded a 40 Under 40 Award by the New Leaders Council for her work. She has extensive experience in campaigning, fundraising, organizing, facilitation, movement building, training, leadership development, organizational development, staff management, and campaign strategy planning.  She lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.


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Sabeel Rahman

K. Sabeel Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, a Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a Four Freedoms Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His interests revolve around issues of inclusive and equitable economic policy; democratic participation; law; and social and democratic theory.

In 2014 he served as a Special Advisor in the de Blasio administration in New York City, leading an inter-agency strategy and design process to help formulate a long-term, inclusive economic development agenda for the city.  In 2015, Mayor de Blasio appointed Rahman to serve on the Rent Guidelines Board, which sets rent stabilization and rent control policy for New York City.

Rahman’s first book, Democracy Against Domination (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) offers a new account of how ideals of democracy can respond to persisting disparities of economic power.  The book explores how progressive politics evolved from a robust critique of economic power and appeal to popular sovereignty in the Progressive Era to a thinner, managerial and technocratic focus in the late twentieth century.  The book then argues for a return to the more democratic and egalitarian tradition of progressive politics, outlining what this approach might look like in context of modern debates over financial regulation, the administrative state, and normative conceptions of democratic freedom.   His new book projects look to extend these themes looking at (1) innovations in democratic and inclusive governance in the US today; and (2) the movements to reinvent the social contract in an era of economic inequality.  In addition to his academic work, his writings have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston ReviewThe Nation, and