Neera Tanden

Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Tanden in 2019
Born (1970-09-10) September 10, 1970 (age 50)
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)
Yale University (JD)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
(m. 1999)
Children2

Neera Tanden (born September 10, 1970) is an American political consultant and former government official. She is the president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy organization where she has worked in different capacities since its founding in 2003.

Tanden has worked on several Democratic presidential campaigns, including those of Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992, and Barack Obama in 2008. Tanden was a senior staffer to Hillary Clinton during her 2000 election to a United States Senate seat in New York, and during Clinton's tenure as a Senator. Tanden advised Clinton during her run for the 2008 Democratic nomination, and later helped her defeat Bernie Sanders to win the nomination in 2016, and run against Donald Trump in the 2016 general election. In her government service with the Obama administration, Tanden helped draft the Affordable Care Act.

In November 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Tanden to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget, pending Senate approval. Her nomination drew controversy, however, and she withdrew from consideration in March 2021 due to insufficient Senate support.


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