Mike Podhorzer – Political Director, AFL-CIO
Mike Podhorzer is the political director of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 55 labor unions representing 12.5 million members. He develops and directs the AFL-CIO’s political program. An experienced analyst, he is the lead architect of the strategy to expand labor’s political reach to all of America’s working families, whether or not they are covered by collective bargaining agreements. He has signaled a significant change in course to establish independence from the political parties and emphasize investment in labor’s own structure, rather than party structures. Accordingly, the federation creates permanent, year-round mobilization capacity to elect worker-friendly candidates, advocate for issues and demand greater accountability from elected officials. Podhorzer was recognized as an early leader in data driven politics in the book, The Victory Lab. He has worked in politics for the past 25 years. He is the co-chair of Catalist, founding chair of the Analyst Institute and on the boards of numerous progressive organizations, including America Votes and the Committee on States.