Nathan Newman
70 Haven Ave. #2G New York, NY 10032   (917) 854-0279



  • Yale Law School J.D. (2001). 2001 Benjamin Scharps Prize and 1999 Edgar M. Cullen Prize for the best piece of Yale Law legal writing in each respective law school year.
  • University of California-Berkeley, Sociology Dept. Ph.D. (1998) M.A. (1992). National Science Foundation Fellow (1991-1994). Jacob Javits Fellow (1990-1991).   Dissertation rewritten as a book for Penn State Press as Net Loss: Internet Prophets, Private Profits and the Costs to Community, a study of the impact of the Internet on regional economies and politics.  2003 American Library Association Choice Award for “Outstanding Academic Title.”
  • Amherst College B.A. (1988) Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with double major in Physics and American Studies. 1988 George Taylor Prize- best American Studies thesis.

Employment History:

Progressive States Network,  Executive Director (2008-2010); Founding Policy Director (2005-2008)

  • Collaborated in developing and implementing strategic and programmatic vision for PSN that in five years built a respected national organization from scratch to one with a $1.3 million annual budget, 14 staff, and a national network of over 1000 state legislators and thousands of organizations in multi-issue program operating across all fifty states.
  • Since January 2006, drafted nearly every foundation grant by PSN and cultivated key funders, from whom PSN raised over $5 million in new funding for the organization-- $1.9 million of that amount as executive director with $575,000 from new funders just in the last two years.
  • Built policy program, wrote or oversaw production of all major reports and 450+ editions of our Stateside Dispatch e-publication, trained and managed fourteen staff, and oversaw outreach to legislators and organizations around the country. 
  • Oversaw multi-state legislative campaigns on health reform, paid sick days, implementing recovery dollars, immigration, broadband, election reform and other working families issues.
  • Implemented innovative technology systems for PSN’s website, contact databases and mass emailers to manage tens of thousands of documents and legislative and organizational contacts.
  • Regular public speaker at PSN events, on Capitol Hill, in statehouses and conferences including Good Jobs, Green Jobs, Values @ Work, Young Elected Officials, Families USA, California Federation of Labor, Institute for Money in State Politics, Take Back America and many more.

Brennan Center for Justice (2003-2005): Associate Counsel. 

  • Drafted successful 2004 Florida Minimum Wage initiative and coordinated pro bono legal effort to qualify it before Florida Supreme Court. 
  • Drafted legislation for and supported other local legislative campaigns, including Hartford and Chicago “Wal-Mart” property access and living wage ordinances.
  • Coordinated litigation/amicus briefs defending living wage & other economic justice legislation. 
  • Worked on federalism/civil rights project challenging conservative legal attacks on federal power.
  • Helped draft fundraising proposals and met with funders.

College professor:  Bard College (Fall 2005) taught “Workplace as Civic Space” and “Law and Society” courses; Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (Spring 2003), taught “Technology and the World of Work.”

Eisner & Hubbard (2001- 2002): Associate at employee-side labor law firm.  Drafted briefs and prepared witnesses in employment discrimination litigation, arbitrations and NLRB actions.

Communication Workers of America (Summer 2000)  Summer Associate, General Counsel's Office. Drafted legal memos for range of  labor matters.

NetAction (1997-1999): Project Director.    Published reports, magazine articles, and e-updates on Microsoft's anticompetitive practices.  Conducted grassroots lobbying and press campaign targeting US Congress/Justice Department around Microsoft’s practices and led a successful statewide California campaign against proposed $3 billion privatization of California university technology resources and jobs.

UC-Berkeley Center for Community Economic Research (1991-1996): Co-director of labor-community research center at university’s Institute for Industrial Relations.

  • Providing policy, messaging and technical assistance to a range of local and California organizations, including labor-community coalitions, notably the California Network for a New Economy (see below) and groups defending immigrant rights and affirmative action. 
  • Pioneered use of the Internet as an organizing tool by many community groups, unions and local government officials; training many groups, including working with the Applied Research Center and the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute in use of the Internet for the first time.

US Congress Office of Technology Assessment (1994-1995): Consultant on study of productivity and workplace rights in the hotel service sector.  Research incorporated into New Rules for a New Economy: Employment and Opportunity in Postindustrial America by Stephen Herzenberg, head of the OTA study.

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) (1994-1996) consultant.

Public Interest Communications (1989-1990): Supervisor overseeing dozens of telephone fundraisers for 50+ national environmental and social justice organizations.

Hotel Employees/Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE) (1988-1989): Staff Organizer; Worked in Las Vegas preparing members for contract negotiations in hotel/casinos.

Massachusetts Fair Share (Summer 1987): Canvass field manager; led training for other staff on health care/toxics issues.

Other Relevant Experience:

  • Freelance writer on economics, politics and labor issues for publications including The Nation, The American Prospect, Dollars & Sense, In These Times, MIT’s Technology Review and oped pages. Nationally recognized blogger, especially on work and labor issues, at TPMCafe site and past bi-weekly columnist for Progressive Populist (2001-2007).
  • American Constitution Society (2003-2005); leader on initial organizing committee forming New York City lawyers chapter.
  • National Lawyers Guild- National Vice President (2000-2002 term).  Vice-President of New York City Chapter (2001-2002).   Worked closely with labor & employment committee.
  • People for Bread Work and Justice- Treasurer/organizer (1996-1998) for welfare and job rights coalition involving over 100 SF Bay Area union locals and community organizations.
  • California Network for a New Economy (1992-1996), organizer building statewide labor-community-environmental network to support defense conversion, fair trade and sustainable jobs organizing in California. Wrote major reports and organized conferences for network.
  • City of Berkeley Labor Commission - Appointed member (1992-1994).
  • Association of Graduate Student Employees, UAW at UC-Berkeley- Executive Board member (1991-1992).  
  • Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG)- State treasurer/exec committee (1984-1986) of 28-campus/100,000 citizen-supported organization. 

Nathan Newman

Scholarly Articles and Books

2005  “Using State Sovereignty and Federal Power to Undermine Workers’ Rights: Federalist Hypocrisy and the Preemption of State Labor Laws” in Awakening from the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice, ed. Denise C. Morgan, Rachel D. Godsil, and Joy Moses (Carolina Academic Press).

June 2005 “Is Labor Missing the Internet Third Wave?” WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society (Vol. 8, Issue 4).

2004  A New Birth of Freedom: The Forgotten History of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments (w J.J. Gass).  Brennan Center for Justice publication; distributed as part of official conference & CLE materials for the 2004 and 2005 American Constitution Society national conferences.

2003 "The Conflict of the Courts: RICO, Labor, and Legal Preemption in Union Comprehensive Campaigns." Drake Law Review (Vol 51, No. 2).

2002 "Trade Secrets and Collective Bargaining: A Solution to Resolving Tensions in the Economics of Innovation." Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal (Vol. 6, No. 1).

2002  Union and Community Mobilization in the Information Age.” Perspectives on Work: The Magazine of the Industrial Relations Research Association (vol. 6, no. 2).

2002  Net Loss: Internet Prophets, Private Profits and the Costs to Community; book based on Ph.D. dissertation published by Penn State Press.  2003 American Library Association Choice Award for an Outstanding Academic Title.

2001  "Prop 13 Meets the Internet: How States and Local Government Finances are Becoming Road Kill on the Information Superhighway," in Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias, ed. Peter Ludlow.

April 1999 "Database Protection: Rewarding Sweat or Destroying Fair Use?" Background paper prepared for Private Censorship/Perfect Choice conference sponsored by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

May 1998  Net Loss: Government, Technology and the Political Economy of Community in the Age of the Internet. Ph.D. dissertation. Sociology Department, University of California, Berkeley.

January 1995 "Building High Performance Teams in the Hotel Industry: A Case Study of the San Francisco Multi-Employer Group And the San Francisco Hotel Unions". Contracted study for US Congress Office of Technology Assessment's report on Technology, Jobs and Productivity in service economy.

September 1994 "Overview of the Hotel Industry in the United States". Contracted study for US Congress Office of Technology Assessment's report on Technology, Jobs and Productivity in the service economy.

October 1993 "If Not Nafta, Then What?" (w Anders Schneiderman) Labor Center Reporter. No. 288.

Major Policy Reports

July 2010    State Job Creation Strategies for 2011. Progressive States Network Report.

March 2010   Networking the Green Economy: How Broadband & Related Technologies Can Build a Green Economic Future.  Progressive States Network Report.

October 2009  State Policy and Politics in 2009: Crisis and Progress in Building a Progressive Future.  Progressive States Network Report.

Sep. 2008   The Anti-Immigrant Movement that Failed: Positive Integration Policies by States Still Far Outweigh Punitive Policies.  Progressive States Network Report.

July 2008    Building a Progressive Majority in the States: Policy Options for 2009.  Third in an annual series written since 2006.  Progressive States Network Report.

July 2008   State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2009.  Progressive States Network Report.

July 2008    Tax and Budget Reform: Policy Options for 2009. Progressive States Network Report.

Dec. 2007    Privatizing in the Dark: The Pitfalls of Privatization & Why Budget Disclosure is Needed. Progressive States Network Report.

November 2006  State Legislative Models for Building a Family-Friendly America.  Progressive States Network Report; produced in conjunction with MomsRising.

Feb. 2006   Governing the Nation From the Statehouses: The Rightwing Agenda in the States and How Progressives Can Fight Back.  Progressive States Network Report.

May 1999  The Origins and Future of Open Source Software. A NetAction Report.

June 1998  Consumer Choice in Web Browsers: One Year Later. A NetAction Report.

April 1998  The Microsoft-Intuit Merger: The Intervention that Worked and the Dangers Today from Microsoft's Monopoly Practices in the Online Financial Marketplace. A NetAction Report.

November 1997  From Microsoft Word to Microsoft World: How Microsoft is Building a Global Monopoly. Report published by NetAction and made a featured article by the Electronic Policy Network's January/February Idea Central.

August 1995  Prop 13 Meets the Internet: How States and Local Government Finances are Becoming Road Kill on the Information Superhighway. Report published by Center for Community Economic Research (CCER) and republished in September 1995 issue of State Tax Notes.

Spring 1994  Activism On-line: Getting from Here to There. w/ Anders Schneiderman. Publication of Center for Community Economic Research in association with the Applied Research Center.

Summer 1993 California Network for a New Economy Jun 11-13,1993 Final Conference Report. Wrote summary of discussions of conference brining together over 90 community, environmental and labor organizations creating strategies for supporting working families in the California economy

July 1992  Jobs, Justice and Sustainable Development: a Report on Building a Democratic Future for California. Center for Community Economic Research report published in conjunction with the founding conference of the California Network for a New Economy.

Selected Popular Publications

See also:

·  - TPMCafe blog posts from 2005-2010

·  - Personal blog, posts from 2002-2007

·  for many of my twice- monthly Progressive Populist column from 2001 to 2006


2006   “The War on Terrorism Threatens the Rights of Illegal Immigrants” in At Issue: What Rights Should Illegal Immigrants Have?, ed. Lori Newman.  Thomson-Gayle.

Feb. 20, 2006 Forget D.C.—the Battle is in the States.”  In These Times.

Sept./Oct. 2005            A Split That May Mean More Labor Unity.”  Dollars and Sense (Issue 261).

2005  “The Movement Against the Iraq War Was a Failure” in At Issue: The Peace Movement, ed. Nancy Harris. Thomson-Gayle.

2004  “The Five Big Lies Bush Made to Working Families” in Big Bush Lies, Jerry Barrett, ed.

Summer 2003  Where the Peace Movement Went Wrong.” Dissent  (Vol. 150).

July 25, 2002  Big Pharma, Bad Science.” The Nation.

April 2000  "Storming the Gates: Will Open Source Software End the Microsoft Monopoly?" The American Prospect.

April 1996  "The Great Internet Tax Drain." MIT’s Technology Review.

Selected Relevant PSN Dispatches (embedded web links to articles on PSN website)

Federal Recovery Efforts Saved 8.5 Million Jobs, Stopped Depression (Jul 29 2010)

Supreme Court 2009-2010: Pro-Corporate, But Continued Trend Towards Deferral to State Authority (Jun 29 2010)

Debating Federalism: Conservative False History and Hypocrisy vs. Progressive Collaborative Federalism (Jun 15 2010)

Financial Reform: Keep State AGs and State Law on the Beat Against Predatory Lending Practices (May 10 2010)

Update: Mapping the Progress of the Shared Multi-State Agenda (Mar 25 2010)

No Crisis in Public Retirement Systems: Debunking the Hype and the Attacks on Employee Benefits (Feb 22 2010)

State Job Creation Strategies Part II: Supporting Innovation, Industrial Clusters and Green Job Creation (Jan 25 2010)

State Job Creation Strategies Part I: Finding the Money and Investing in Human Capital and Physical Infrastructure (Jan 19 2010)

Tuesday's Lesson: Bold State Leadership Needed More than Ever (Jan 21 2010)

State Immigration Policy to Promote National Change (Jan 12 2010)

Promoting Wage Law Enforcement Policies in 2010 (Dec 14 2009)

Foreclosure and Anti-Predatory Lending Reforms (Dec 07 2009)

Paid Sick Days: Healthier Workers, Healthier Families (Nov 16 2009)

Progressive Values Dominant-- But Need to Rebuild Trust in Effectiveness of Government Action (Nov 02 2009)

PSN Leaders and Allied Legislators Meet With White House and Capitol Hill Leaders on Health Care Reform (Oct 15 2009)

Job Losses and State Fiscal Crises: Time for More Federal Stimulus Spending (Oct 08 2009)

Protecting State Consumer Protection from Preemption in Federal Financial Reform (Sep 10 2009)

Trade and the States: Promoting Collaboration on Negotiating and Implementing Trade Deals (Jul 28 2009)

Recovery Plan Making Huge Difference for Economy and Working Families (Jul 16 2009)

The Supreme Court and the States 2008-2009: Trend Defending State Authority Emerges this Term (Jul 14 2009)

Progressive Revenue Measures Approved or Moving in Oregon and Other States (Jun 25 2009)

Worker Freedom Bill Passed in Oregon to Allow Workers to Avoid Mandatory Political or Religious Meetings in Workplace (Jun 25 2009)

Green Jobs Programs to Drive Economic Recovery (Jun 15 2009)

Assuring Accountability and Equity in Recovery Spending (Jun 01 2009)

Obama Affirms Importance of State Policy Innovation By Making California Emissions Rules a National Standard (May 21 2009)

State Laws Allowing Majority Sign-up for Unions Show why Employee Free Choice Act is Fair Option for Workers (May 07 2009)

Buy American and Fair Trade Policies to Spur National and Global Economic Recovery (April 27, 2009)

Their Secessionist "States Rights" versus Our Collaborative Federalism (Apr 23 2009)

Taxing High-Income Residents: Better than Budget Cuts, Better for Economic Growth (Apr 06 2009)

Privatization Update: Schools, Prisons, Mental Health -- and What States are Doing to Hold Contractors Accountable (Mar 30 2009)

State Action for the Unemployed (Mar 09 2009)

Transparency and Economic Recovery: What States Are Required To Do and Why They Should Do It (Feb 23 2009)

Implementing the Recovery Plan: A Resource Guide for State Legislators and Advocates (Feb 19, 2009)

Restoring State Authority: An Agenda to Restrict Preemption of State Laws (Feb 9, 2009)

Anti-Union Front Groups Promote Distorted "Save Our Secret Ballots" Initiative Campaigns (Jan 22 2009)

Why States Need to be a Focus for Any Economic Recovery Plan (Jan 12, 2009)

Unemployment Insurance Modernization Should be Part of Recovery Plan (Dec 15 2008)

Paid Sick Days Victory in Milwaukee- But Business Lobby is Going to Court (Nov 25 2008)

Strengthening Progressive State Power Should Be Priority for D.C. Leaders (Nov 18 2008)

Rising Unemployment Highlights Need for Federal Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Funds (Oct 24 2008)

The Financial Bailout and the Challenge for the States: De-Leveraging Working Families (Sep 29, 2008)

Promoting Wage Enforcement Laws as an Alternative to Anti-Immigrant Proposals (Sep 22 2008)

Should Your Employer Have to Provide a Reason to Fire You? (Sep 12 2008)

"Mediated Elections" Process for Farmworkers Moving Forward in California (Sep 12 2008)

Helping Poor and Working Families Build Financial Assets (Aug 4, 2008)

Arbitration: "Set up to squeeze small sums of money out of desperately poor people" (Jun 12, 2008)

States Still Leading Feds on Minimum Wage (July 10, 2008)

Supreme Court and the States: Business Wins, Voting Rights Lose, and a Mixed Bag on Criminal Justice (Jun 30 2008)

State Policies for a $4/Gallon World (Jun 09, 2008)

Averting Layoffs and Revitalizing the Manufacturing Economy: Lessons from the Great Lakes States (May 05 2008)

Tough Wage Enforcement Law Approved in Iowa Senate; Anti-Immigrant Measures Rejected (Apr 17 2008)

Gutting State Regulation of Insurance under Bush Administration's Financial Oversight "Reform" (Apr 03, 2008)

Expanding Access to Justice in the Courts (Mar 17 2008)

Paid Sick Days & Paid Leave Bills Approved in D.C. and New Jersey (Mar 13 2008)

Dos and Dont's of Coping With State Budget Crises (Feb 19 2008)

Cracking Down on Misclassification of Workers-- And Raising Tax Revenue (Feb 14 2008)

State Immigration Policies & Politics in 2008 (Feb 04 2008)

National Popular Vote- A Voter Turnout and Civil Rights Issue (Jan 28 2008).

Aiding States to Stimulate the National Economy (Jan 24 2008).

Tax Relief to Help Low-Wage Washington Residents (Jan 31 2008)

Aiding States to Stimulate the National Economy (Jan 24 2008)

Updates on Family Leave and Paid Sick Days Policy Campaigns (Dec 3 2007)

Election Night 2007: Progressive Gains but a Mixed Night on Ballot Initiatives Around the Country (Nov 08 2007)

How Exploited "Independent Contractor" Truckers Drive Pollution in Our Ports (Nov 10 2007)

Economic Strategies for Nurturing Innovation and Job Growth (Nov 05 2007)

How Exploited "Independent Contractor" Truckers Drive Pollution in Our Ports (Oct 11 2007)

Why States Matter (Oct 1 2007)

States Rejecting Bad Immigration Policies (Sep 27 2007).

New Polling: Paid Sick Days and Family Leave Overwhelming Political Winners (Sep 24, 2007)

Labor Day: How States Can Protect Workers Rights (Aug 30 2007)

Immigration Policy in the States: The Bad, the Good & the Politically Smart (Jul 30 2007)

With Supreme Court Shift to Right, States Need to Take Action (Jul 02 2007)

Pervasive Violations of Wage Laws -- and What States Can Do About It (Jun 25 2007)

Why Progressive Policy is Winning in the States (Jun 18 2007)

Public Opinion Supports Bold Progressive Leadership (Apr 23 2007)

Living Wage: Maryland Enacts First State Law in Nation (Apr 12 2007)

Preventing Trade Deals from Undermining State Power (Mar 12 2007)

Ex-Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration (Mar 05 2007)

Universal and Affordable Broadband in the States (Feb 26 2007)

Cracking Down on Misclassification of Workers-- And Raising Tax Revenue (Feb 14 2008)

Ripoff Privatizations-- And Why They Keep Happening (Feb 05 2007)

Raising Revenue Through Fair Tax Systems (Jan 22 2007)

Protecting the Freedom to Form Labor Unions (Jan 08 2007)

Shutting the Courtroom Door: How the Corporate Right Mobilized in the States (Jan 04 2007)

"Values Voters" and the 2006 Elections (Nov 20 2006)

An Emerging Progressive Majority (Nov 16 2006)

State Legislative Models Brought to You by Progressive States and MomsRising (Oct 16 2006)

The Fragmenting Religious Right & Emerging Progressive Faith Networks (Oct 2, 2006)

Broadband for Economic Growth; Energy Savings (Oct 09 2006)

Child Care: A Valuing Families Campaign Issue (Sep 25, 2006)

Welfare "Reform": Ten Years Later (Sep 18 2006)

Chicago: Groundbreaking Retail Workers Living Wage Law Passes (July 27, 2006)

Debate on Health Care for All Gets Real (July 24, 2006)

Beyond the Minimum Wage: New Policies to Raise Wages (Jun 5 2006)