Adlai Stevenson III: Former U.S. Senator, Illinois Treasurer and Chairman of the Stevenson Center on Democracy inteviewed about the Agenda for Political Reform

Former U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III has spent his life in public service, much like his father, the former Illinois Governor, and his grandfather who also served in the Senate. The non-partisan Stevenson Center on Democracy has named Michael Golden as a Senior Fellow where he is working with Adlai III on a new Agenda for Democracy Reform. On this episode of the "Mean," Michael and the former Senator talk about the legendary Stevenson family history, how politics have changed in America, and various reform solutions included in the new project!


Stevenson Center on Democracy Names Michael Golden as Senior Fellow

Chicago, IL — The Stevenson Center on Democracy announced today that Michael Golden will join the organization as a nonresident Senior Fellow, where he will apply his talents to helping the Center launch its ambitious “Democracy Agenda” project to improve the function of government.  

Michael’s recent book Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules, Restore the System provides a compelling guide to reforming Congress, exploring the problems and offering solutions that are clear, precise, and nonpartisan. “The Stevenson Center is delighted to partner with someone of Michael’s intellectual breadth and experience” said former Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, Chairman of the Stevenson Center. “At a time when government institutions show strain and partisan divisions are deep, Michael’s work shows us that reforming the institutions and rules of the system can lead to the renewal of democracy.”

Golden is a former broadcast journalist whose investigative and public affairs reporting on politics, education, health care, and criminal justice earned him honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Between 2000 and 2006, Golden worked as a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races for the White House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, a nonprofit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois that has raised more than $10 million to empower hundreds of scholars to graduate and launch careers. In 2012, Golden co-founded Complete The Degree, an affiliated program designed to motivate adults to return to college to finish their education.  In 2015, Golden was named a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Golden has served on the boards of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Anti-Defamation League, and One Million Degrees. He was appointed by the state of Illinois to voluntarily serve on the state’s Commission on the Elimination of Poverty. Golden earned his B.A. at Indiana University, and his M.S. in DePaul University’s School of Public Service.


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