Executive Director

Matt Morrison

Executive Director

Matt Morrison

executive Director

Matt Morrison is executive director of Working America, a three-million-member labor organization mobilizing working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at their jobs. His work has been described (2018) by the American Political Science Association as a “bedrock of experimentation in American politics.” He is a leading political practitioner with experience working in over 400 elections throughout his career. The APSA recognized him as “influential on our understanding of political campaigns within political science.”

In his earlier role as Working America’s political director, Morrison led the refinement of the organization’s field and member communications programs through the use of clinical testing and advanced analytics. Under his direction, Working America combines innovative integration of traditional field organizing with analytics to increase targeting accuracy and voter turnout for candidates who support a fair economy for working-class Americans.

Prior to joining Working America, Morrison served on John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, in the government affairs department of the American Federation of Teachers and on Capitol Hill in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

News Coverage

2018

September 24, 2018
The New York Times
The Best Way for Democrats to Win Working-Class Voters

September 7, 2018
The Atlantic 
What Liberal Organizers Are Seeing on the Ground in 2018
By Ronald Brownstein

July 31, 2018
The Young Turks 
Interview with Cenk Uygur

April 16, 2018
C-SPAN 
Demographic Change and Future Elections

2017

November 3, 2017
Politico 
Democrats still toxic in rural America 
By Kevin Robillard

November 3, 2017
U.S. News & World Report 
Still Stumped On Trump
By David Catanese

September 26, 2017
The Nation 
Democrats Must Stop Taking the Black Working Class for Granted
By Collier Meyerson

June 14, 2017
The Advocate 
How to Change Perceptions of Trans People in the Heartland
By Trudy Ring

June 23, 2017
The Advocate 
How to Get Republicans to Support Trans Right
By Nico Lang

June 20, 2017
The Laura Flanders Show 
Can Trump's Base Survive? Working America Surveys Ohio
Laura Flanders and Matt Morrison

February 22, 2017
The Hill 
How Democrats can rebuild a winning, multiracial coalition
By Matt Morrison

2016
October 31, 2016
American Prospect 
How to Get White Workers to Vote for Clinton
By Justin Miller

October 28, 2016
Politico 
How Labor Groups are Fighting Trump
By Marianne Levine

October 16, 2016
NPR 
Ohio is One of the States Still Up for Grabs as Election Nears
By Asma Khalid

October 2, 2016
USA Today 
Data-driven doorknockers fan out through swing states
By Eliza Collins

July 25, 2016
NPR 
Union Leaders Contend Clinton, Not Trump, Is True Champion Of The Middle Class
By Danielle Kurtzleben
July 3, 2016
Akron Beacon Journal 
Labor Union Works to Persuade Voters Door-to-Door
By Doug Livingston

April 7, 2016
In These Times Magazine 
Understanding What Makes Donald Trump Voters Tick: Is It Just Racism
By Ian Haney López and Matt Morrison 

January 29, 2016
AlterNet 
NY Times Wonders How Union Members are Relating to Trump
By Michael Arria

January 29, 2016
Washington Examiner 
Trump has crossover appeal for Dems, liberals say
By Sean Higgins

January 29, 2016 
New York Times 
Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention
By Noam Scheiber