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- 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
- 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.
States Network, Executive Director (2008-2010); Founding Policy
- 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
- Implemented innovative
technology systems for PSN’s website, contact databases and mass emailers
to manage tens of thousands of documents and legislative and
- 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
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
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
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 &
- 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
- Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MassPIRG)- State
treasurer/exec committee (1984-1986) of 28-campus/100,000
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS & ARTICLES
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/nnewman/ - TPMCafe blog posts from 2005-2010
http://nathannewman.org/log/ - Personal blog, posts from 2002-2007
for many of my twice- monthly Progressive Populist column from 2001 to
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.
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
Pharma, Bad Science.” The Nation.
April 2000 "Storming
the Gates: Will Open Source Software End the Microsoft Monopoly?" The
April 1996 "The Great
Internet Tax Drain." MIT’s Technology Review.
Selected Relevant PSN Dispatches
(embedded web links to
articles on PSN website)
Efforts Saved 8.5 Million Jobs, Stopped Depression (Jul 29 2010)
2009-2010: Pro-Corporate, But Continued Trend Towards Deferral to State
Authority (Jun 29 2010)
Conservative False History and Hypocrisy vs. Progressive Collaborative
Federalism (Jun 15 2010)
Keep State AGs and State Law on the Beat Against Predatory Lending Practices (May
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)
Bold State Leadership Needed More than Ever (Jan 21 2010)
Policy to Promote National Change (Jan 12 2010)
Promoting Wage Law
Enforcement Policies in 2010 (Dec 14 2009)
Anti-Predatory Lending Reforms (Dec 07 2009)
Paid Sick Days:
Healthier Workers, Healthier Families (Nov 16 2009)
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)
Consumer Protection from Preemption in Federal Financial Reform (Sep 10
Trade and the States:
Promoting Collaboration on Negotiating and Implementing Trade Deals (Jul 28
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)
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)
Accountability and Equity in Recovery Spending (Jun 01 2009)
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)
State Action for the
Unemployed (Mar 09 2009)
Implementing the Recovery
Plan: A Resource Guide for State Legislators and Advocates (Feb 19, 2009)
States Still Leading Feds
on Minimum Wage (July 10, 2008)
Updates on Family Leave and
Paid Sick Days Policy Campaigns (Dec 3 2007)
Matter (Oct 1 2007)
Polling: Paid Sick Days and Family Leave Overwhelming Political Winners
(Sep 24, 2007)
Fragmenting Religious Right & Emerging Progressive Faith Networks (Oct
on Health Care for All Gets Real (July 24, 2006)
the Minimum Wage: New Policies to Raise Wages (Jun 5 2006)