Third Way political activist
Matt Bennett is a Third Way political activist whose pursuit of center-left politics has taken him from the campaign trail to the White House, and from the pages of the New York Times to appearances on Meet the Press and 60 Minutes.
He worked on both of the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton and served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton White House, where he was the principal White House liaison to governors and covered issues ranging from disaster response to Medicaid to immigration. Prior to that, Matt traveled with Vice President Al Gore on his White House staff. He was Director of Communications for Wesley Clark's presidential campaign in 2004, and from 2001-2004 he was Director of Public Affairs for Americans for Gun Safety.
In 2005, Matt joined his three fellow co-founders in establishing Third Way, believing that there is a tremendous need for fresh thinking and moderate ideas in a time of extreme political immoderation. He considers helping to extend marriage equality to gays and lesbians one of Third Way's proudest achievements so far.
Bennett participated at The Common Good Forum & American Spirit Awards on May 10th, 2019. He spoke on “The Road to 2020: Leaders & Ideas” panel alongside former Senator Claire McCaskill, former Congressman Steve Israel, Margaret Hoover and Rick Tyler, moderated by Errol Louis.