Joel Barkin

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Joel Barkin Executive Director, Progressive States Network.

He has worked on a number of campaigns and progressive initiatives at the state and national level.

Progressive States Network

Joel Barkin is the Executive Director of the Progressive States Network, where he works with state and national organizations on key progressive policy issues by providing guidance on strategy and message to key legislative campaigns[1].

Under his leadership, the Progressive States Network has become one of the key meeting spaces for progressive legislators, activists, and citizens interested in state policy.

Progressive States Network Gala

April 19, 2007, Progressive States Network’s first annual gala honored U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and Deborah Rappaport. Awards were also presented to Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom, Kansas State Senator Donald Betts, and Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Participants talked about promoting their legislative agenda and public policy advocacy. They also talked about issues such as operations in Iraq, grassroots organizing and recruitment, and public participation.

Other speakers included Joel Barkin Executive Director Progressive States Network, Steve Doherty Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network, Senators Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, Lisa Seitz Gruwell Chief Operating Officer Skyline Public Works, Washington (State) Tom Matzzie Director, David Sirota Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network.[2]

Bernie Sanders

Barkin also served as Communications Director and Special Advisor[3] to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and in the Communications Department for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.