New York Times Magazine Profiles Roosevelt

By Anna Eleanor Roosevelt |

I wanted to make sure you saw this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story chronicling the Roosevelt Institute’s efforts to reimagine the rules of our economy and society.

It is truly a testament to the leadership, creativity, and ideas of Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong and the strong team of staff and Fellows assembled at Roosevelt. But none of it would be possible without our partners and supporters.

At Roosevelt, we believe we can address the anxiety and fear felt by so many Americans through bold reform and action, just as my grandparents once did. The American people want change. They understand that our economy no longer works for most people, and they know that our policy approaches must evolve in response.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus perfectly captures Roosevelt’s efforts to seize upon this moment by pushing smart ideas and a compelling narrative, and by serving as a hub for leaders ranging from Senator Elizabeth Warren to Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz to Roosevelt Network National Director Joelle Gamble to Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

The piece calls our Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy report “an inventive combination of narrative history and policy platform” and notes that our “demands were vaulting, but [we] held that an agenda offering freedom from exploitation (rather than freedom from regulation), and insisting that greater fairness would benefit everyone, would resonate with all Americans.”

We are not blind to the challenges before us. It is not yet known if our coalition of progressive leaders will be successful. But we’ve been encouraged by the actions of Hillary Clinton and others who have embraced and pulled from our work, and we know we have the American people on our side.

The Roosevelt Institute was established to advance modernized Rooseveltian ideas and values. I know that both Franklin and Eleanor would be incredibly proud of the collection of thinkers, doers, and leaders using their legacies as a springboard to reimagine the 21st century for all of us.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt is Roosevelt's Board Chair and President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.