Friday, April 9, 2021

CAP Has Stocked Biden Administration with Nearly 60 Policy Wonks

The Biden Administration has been hiring think tankers at an extremely rapid pace, with a number of high-level positions being filled by those from the Brookings Institution, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and many others.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) has been one of the biggest sources of talent for the Biden Administration.  Here is ore from Business Insider:

A liberal think tank launched as a counterweight to President George W. Bush's administration is filling the ranks of the Biden administration. 

At least 56 alumni of the Center for American Progress are now working inside the White House and in agencies across the federal government, according to an Insider analysis of administration announcements and career networking sites.

They're not just any government jobs, either: CAP alumni fill some of the most important positions in Washington. Among them are President Joe Biden's new secretary of Veterans Affairs, the top White House economic policy advisor, and the chief of staff at the Pentagon. 

Even Biden's chief of staff, Ron Klain, served on the board of the think tank's political arm. And CAP's most visible member, President and CEO Neera Tanden, would be serving as White House budget director, but the administration pulled her nomination in the face of opposition from Senate Republicans.


Business Insider notes that of the 56 CAP alumni known to be serving in the Biden Administration, 18 of them were affiliated with the think tank until this year.  The others include former senior fellows, policy analysts, and a handful of former CAP interns.

CAP has a staff of around 300 people.

Here is Think Tank Watch's list of think tankers that have gone into the Biden Administration.